Army woman uses AirTags to track shady movers


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An Army wife says she used an AirTag to keep tabs on her family’s belongings during a move when a sleazy moving truck driver failed to deliver the items on time.

Military members doing permanent station changes (PCS) have always had issues with the liability of shippers of household goods. Shipments are often stalled for weeks or months by contractors, with little or no communication about where or why goods were lost or delayed. In reality, AppleInsider staff members repeatedly had to deal with a lack of accountability or proper tracking of shipments.

Military wife Valerie McNulty say it military times that she had heard “horror stories” during transfers from one duty station to another. To keep an eye on her family’s belongings during such a move from Fort Carson, Colorado to Fort Drum, New York, McNulty said she slipped an AirTag into one of the boxes before the move.

“You hear so many horror stories when it comes to PCSing,” she said. “With these stories in mind, and after reading stories of people putting AirTags with some of their [household goods]I decided it was worth testing the theory.”

The AirTag’s tracking capability came in handy when family household items were not delivered on time. When the scheduled January 7 delivery date passed without the family receiving their belongings, McNulty contacted their move coordinator.

The coordinator told her she should expect next day delivery and she was able to confirm that the goods were only four hours away. However, McNulty said he then received a call from the delivery driver, who told him he had just picked up the goods in Colorado and that next day delivery would not be possible.

When she told him that wasn’t true and the delivery was only a few hours away, the driver allegedly hung up on her.

“I made him aware that I knew he was only four hours away from us,” she noted. “He called a few minutes later to try to negotiate with me to see if he could deliver it on Sunday or Monday.”

McNulty contacted his move coordinator, but quickly found that the company did not know where the driver was. His AirTag had given him “more information than them”.

Eventually the driver called back and claimed he was with his girlfriend. He told McNulty he didn’t know she could follow her while he went “to see my lady”. He told her he could do it the next day if he hustle, and she suggested he did.

McNulty shared her experience in a Facebook post, saying she hopes more military families use AirTags during major moves or reassignments.

“Instead of waiting for someone to change something, I took matters into my own hands,” she wrote. “I hope word spreads, I hope other military families hear our story and they too add AirTags to their [household goods].”

This isn’t the first time AirTags have been used to find missing items. They were used to find stolen scooters and lost wallets. A single AirTag costs $29, while a 4-pack costs $99. Exclusive savings are available on both quantities in our AirTag Price Guide.


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