Tennessee teenager was tracked by unknown Apple Air Tag four hours at Disney World
The family filed a police report after receiving a notification as they left the park.
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Following a day at Disney World, a 17-year-old from Tennessee received a notification that an Apple Air Tag was moving with her to her car.
The teen, Madison Gaston, told local TV news outlet WKRN, in middle Tennessee, that she "had no idea what an Air Tag was. Like, I was clueless."
The tag is a medallion-sized electronic device that, according to Apple, is a "super easy way to keep track of your stuff."
The Big Tech giant says users can attach one to a backpack or set of keys, for example, so that they can be tracked by their owners on a cellphone app. In addition, those who have had one attached to them and have a cellphone will eventually be alerted about the situation.
The teen said the location tracker was first detected at 7:09 p.m. and the first notification appeared at about 11:33 p.m.
When the teenager clicked on the tag icon that appeared on her phone, she saw a map outlining each of the places she had walked over the past four hours.
"It showed the first destination where it was detected with her, then it basically draws a line and makes the connections of the points where she had been," she said. "I had seen videos of other people warning people about them and what they were basically. So that’s how I knew what they were and I did not ignore the notification."
Gaston's family, who she was with, proceeded to check all of their belongings for another possible tag before getting in their truck and heading back to the hotel. They called the police on their drive.
"As a parent, I just was so frantic in the moment," said the teen's mother, Jennifer Gaston, who apparently thinks the tracker was intentionally put on her daughter. "It was just terrifying."
However, it's unclear where tracker was found on the teen.
"It made me feel really scared because I had seen videos on it, but it’s one of those things you never think is going to happen to you until it actually does," the teen said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says if you find an Air Tag on your person or in your belongings, you should turn it over to law enforcement. Often, police are able to track the serial number of the tag and trace it back to its owner.
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