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Lessons learnt after losing an iPad at an airport

Last updated on: February 11, 2019 09:50 IST

7 valuable lessons Vaihayasi Pande Daniel learnt after she forgot her iPad at Raipur airport.

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On Republic Day, while exiting the security check at Raipur's Swami Vivekananda airport I forgot to collect my iPad from the security X-ray belt.

I had placed it on one of those special trays where passengers are meant to put their phones, laptops, tablets etc.

I didn't remember the iPad -- which had special sentimental value as it was a posthumous gift -- till two hours after I landed in Mumbai.

The best efforts to track it via tweets, LinkedIn, phone calls failed.

On Republic Day, the airport offices, security division too were closed. And IndiGo's call centre would not put me in touch with their airport counter at Raipur although the airline staff said they would try to track it within 24 hours.

Fortunately, I had relatives in Raipur who were able to call someone in security. My cousin Vinay was catching a flight from Raipur airport a couple of hours after I did and -- fortunately for me -- his flight was delayed.

Vinay met the security personnel who were very helpful, and the iPad was located.

With determination and charm, Vinay persuaded them to hand the iPad over to him and it was taken to Delhi from where it has still to be retrieved.

Fingers crossed, I will get it back safely.


What I learnt from this incident:

Safe travels!

Vaihayasi Pande Daniel