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Police: Flight attendant stole passenger's iPad

By Associated Press


OREGON CITY, Ore. >> Police say a Nevada man who lost his iPad on an airplane used an app called Find My iPad to locate it inside the Oregon home of a flight attendant.

Officers in Oregon City, outside Portland, arrested 43-year-old Wendy Ronelle Dye Friday evening.

The flight attendant for Horizon Air allegedly told officers that a passenger brought her the tablet saying it was found on a seat. She said she never used the iPad and planned to turn it over to airline officials, but police found some of her personal information on it including her husband's birthday.

Arrangements are being made to return the tablet to its owner in Reno. Dye did not immediately respond to a phone message.

A spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines, which owns Horizon, says Dye was suspended.

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mosquito96826 wrote:
Suspended. Should be Fired and prosecuted the full extent of the law.
on September 22,2012 | 12:52PM
inverse wrote:
Agreed. Thank goodness the flight attendat is too stoopid to wipe out the entire Ipad operating system and reload with a fresh unconfigured system that does not have the find my Ipad app setup and activated.
on September 22,2012 | 05:16PM
droid wrote:
@mosquito96826 maybe not necessarily in that order, since the attendant's union would protect her. But yes, if she is convicted in a court of law, by all means fire her.
on September 22,2012 | 11:32PM
honopic wrote:
The vast majority of airline employees are honest, especially when it comes to passengers' belongings, but there are some who feel that anything not nailed down is free for the taking. I worked for an airline 34 years and saw this to be true. When they are caught, suspension is the first step, due to union rules and "innocent until proven guilty" which is the backbone of our legal system. Sometimes, the thief is allowed to resign and make restitution. But those guilty as charged, are fired and prosecuted. One more fact -- every thief is also a liar.
on September 22,2012 | 02:02PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
I wish I could agree with you. As a one time corporate traveler (with a lot of other business traveler friends) we all know that once you forget your electronic devise on an aircraft you can kiss it goodbye.
on September 23,2012 | 07:09AM
Pocho wrote:
LIe lie lie, they all do it.
on September 22,2012 | 03:14PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
No time you steal anipad, turn off the location device.
on September 22,2012 | 08:26PM
cojef wrote:
Stupid flight attendent. Didn't she know about "find my i-Pad" feature which is loacted on the "Settings" page. If it's "On" throw it in the dump or for christ sake change to "off" or "reset the whole thing and start over. Losing a job over a $500/600 instrument, is asnine.
on September 23,2012 | 08:44AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Thankfully, the owner of the I-pad and the flight attendant got what they deserved.
on September 23,2012 | 10:30AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
My wife is a Flight Attendant for a major international airline. Her company is anal about internal and external theft. You take a can or coke or a bottle of water from the galley cart.......you are GONE. No appeal, nothing. You are fired. You take something from a passenger and her airline will see to it you are prosecuted to the max. You have lost your job and any chance of getting another one in the aviation industry. ALSO you have lost your lifetime travel benefits. Believe me, this is the most precious perk for anyone who works for the airlines.......free (or nearly free) global travel for life even after you retire for you and your spouse. This is why Wendy's iPad theft was beyond stupid.
on September 23,2012 | 10:18AM
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