the Resort last week, and they had a magical time indeed. But things changed quickly once they boarded the Magic Kingdom monorail to return back to the Transportation and Ticket Center and take the tram back to the family vehicle so they could head home for the evening. and her family visited at
“We were terrified, we were confused, hurt, and scared,” said during an interview with FOX35 Orlando.
Jennifer says that once she and her family boarded the monorail at , her Madison got a notification on her iPhone that she was being tracked by an .
“She literally watched it follow us from the tram all the way back to our vehicle,” Jennifer explained.
According to FOX35 Orlando, Jennifer’s Madison said her phone sent her a notification that the had been tracking them for about four hours during the time they were visiting the Disney . Her phone was even able to show her the family’s location inside Magic Kingdom while they were being tracked.
When the family returned to their vehicle, they began looking for the . When they didn’t find it, they raced to get into the vehicle, lock the doors and drive away. Once they drove away from the , Jennifer says she called the local police, and her daughter Madison continued to monitor the ‘s location with her phone.
“As she was refreshing it, it showed the AirTag was still in our , so somehow when we were frantically shaking out clothes and dumping everything out of our bags, it fell out,” Jennifer explained.
An is a small , larger than a quarter but smaller than a half-dollar, that can be placed on things like keys so that if they are lost, the Apple user can use her smartphone and the “Where’s My” app to locate them. But, as with many ingenious gadgets, sometimes an can be used by criminals to follow people.
According to FOX35 Orlando, growing concerns about how the is used have prompted some groups to ask Apple to permanently discontinue the manufacturing of the .
“Some people who have ill will towards others are using it to potentially stalk people, follow people, , high luxury vehicles, that they might want to come back and steal,” said , a security expert. “Even if it’s not at epidemic proportions, it’s happening enough where it’s concerning.”
Benson says if you have a scenario like hotel room. Rather, Benson says go to a public location and then call the local police. and her family, don’t go home, and if you’re at a resort like the Walt Disney World Resort, don’t go back to your
says she and her family are grateful that they were not hurt or worse in the scenario at . “This story could have ended way differently,” she said. “I’m praising God we have the outcome we have, but it’s because [my ] was diligent and aware of what to do.”
FOX35 Orlando says in order to be sure you get notifications as did, you’ll need to be sure your tracking notifications are turned on. Simply go to “Settings” on your iPhone and follow the menus from there.