If you leave something behind at a security checkpoint you’re better off searching for it on eBay than at lost and found. (And with the TSA ‘leaving behind at security’ also means leaving valuables in your checked luggage.)
Apparently the reason you don’t get your stuff back if you leave valuables on a Delta flight? Airplane cleaners will keep what they find.
Of course geolocation tracking makes it much easier to track down stolen devices when the thief isn’t technically savvy enough to disable the feature.
An aircraft cleaner in Atlanta admits to taking a laptop found on a Delta aircraft and selling it for $500, after the laptop was tracked using the “Find my iPhone app.” Police persuaded the thief to buy back the laptop and return it to the passenger.
Delta for its part denies any responsibility because the cleaner is works for a company they contract with, rather than being an employee of the airline.
A Delta spokesperson said the company is still looking into the matter.
However, the company said it subcontracts the cleaning crews and the person who took the device is likely not a Delta employee.
I don’t see how an airline is absolved of responsibility for theft from its passengers, on its planes, through a contracting relationship.