Couple ‘frightened’ after discovering tracker in their bag while backpacking

Two adventurers have spoken about their fear after finding that an AirTag tracking device had been put in their bag.

Emily Sinclair and partner Jane had travelled from Australia to the beautiful island of Bali.

While backpacking around the paradise they claim to have heard a "strange noise" coming from Jane’s bag.

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When they looked for the source of the noise they found an Apple AirTag.

The devices are used to keep track of easily lost items like keys, wallets and handbags.

They work by connecting to your phone so that you can see the location of the tag live on your device.

It can be handy to keep them attached to items you don’t want to lose.

However, Jane and Emily claim they have never owned an AirTag – and so someone else must have put it into their bag.

The duo dismantled the AirTag to stop it from tracking them and presume it must have been slipped into the bag in the airport.

While they still had eight days of travel left in Bali, but Emily and Jane decided to head home to Australia instead, reports 7news.

Immediately after finding the device they took a three hour taxi to Kuta as it’s more densely populated.

The couple believe that the device was hidden in Jane's bag at the airport when they arrived.

Emily added: "We are both very seasoned and careful travellers and have never had anything like this happen before, our bags never left our backs (backpacking style bags) and the main compartment of the bags were locked."

The pair paid extra to swap onto a plane early rather than on April 1.

According to the two women the AirTag "frightened" them as they worried they were being stalked or tracked for other worrying reasons.

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They're not the first people to have been affected by "AirTag stalking" as Love Island's Montana Brown recently revealed she'd been tracked with the devices too.

She claims the tracker was planted on her when she was in Los Angeles – and she flushed it down the toilet when she found it.

Apple states that if you find a suspicious device then you should turn it off as it can be used to possibly find the person who planted it.

This is less possible if you smash or destroy the AirTag.

The company also has security features in place, such as people receiving alerts when an unknown AirTag is seen moving with you over time – you can find out more about what to do if faced with unwanted tracking on the Apple website.

AirTags when used properly can be very useful.

A woman used her device to track her luggage when going on holiday and noticed it had paid a visit to McDonald’s.

However, you should always check the rules of your airline as some do not allow active devices in the hold.

This means that they may need to be switched off when in a bag that you check in.


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