AirTag traced her luggage stolen from the airport to the thief’s house

This handy device also helped find another passenger's belongings

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This holiday season, thousands of people waited with bated breath on the baggage carousel at airports around the world to see if their luggage would arrive, hoping their long days of travel wouldn’t end with a trip to the store and a conversation with an airline agent.

The Gavino family from South Carolina was one of them. The family told Queen City News that they had set off the weekend before Christmas to enjoy the mountains in the US state of North Carolina and that one of their suitcases did not arrive at its destination.

But thanks to some handy technology and a little patience, they soon got their bags back – and they didn’t even have to wait for the airline’s customer service.

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Charlotte Gavino told the broadcaster that just one day before her family left for vacation, she purchased an Apple AirTag, a small tracking device that can be attached to personal items and tracked with Apple devices.

Gavino told the broadcaster that he placed an AirTag in his parents’ suitcase on the morning of their flight, thinking it would come in handy if the luggage went missing. When their suitcase did not reach the baggage carousel on December 22, Gavino tracked the AirTag and discovered it was headed to a nearby residential area.

“The suitcase kept appearing around Gastonia and South Carolina during its entire journey,” Gavino told Queen City News.

Gavino told the broadcaster that the family went in search of AirTag that afternoon, but eventually gave up on a clear location. On Christmas Day, however, an address appeared and the family headed there.

Gavino called the police and police found the family’s suitcases inside a house, but many items were missing. AirTag recovered not only the Gavino family’s suitcase, but also another suitcase found in the house that belonged to a second victim.

According to Queen City News, the suspect is currently facing multiple charges, including drug possession and theft.

“I wanted justice,” Gavino said.

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