Airlines Loses Cycle Of US Cyclist Travelling For A ‘Cycling Trip of A Lifetime’ in UK; AirTag Finds It

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Airlines Loses Cycle Of US Cyclist Travelling For A ‘Cycling Trip of A Lifetime’ in UK; AirTag Finds It

What can be worse than being excited about a vacation, trip, or something important and missing your luggage? Nothing right? I mean, you have to make so many arrangements and live in the absence of your basic things until your luggage is found by the airlines. Well, something similar happened with a US cyclist who was travelling for a cycling trip of a lifetime in the United Kingdom. The airline lost his cycle, which was later traced using AirTag. 

Airlines Lose Cycle Of US Cyclist, AirTag Finds It

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Barry Sherry, a cyclist, was travelling to Europe from his home in Virginia for the cycling trip of a lifetime. This meant spending a week cycling across the Swiss Alps, another week cycling with two former Tour de France riders in Luxembourg, and a third-week cycling in Finland with friends.

He reserved a seat on an American Airlines flight that would take him on codeshare flights on British Airways aircraft from Washington, DC, to London, and then from London to Zurich. Balso prepared his bike for the journey.

He placed an Apple AirTag, a luggage tracker, that he had purchased a year earlier after hearing other bikers gush about it. Barry had never actually checked how AirTags functioned. But his cycle was sadly lost by British Airways. 

This was going to be his last cycling trip, as he was getting old and is already 68 years old.

Located At London Airport

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The bike was located by the cyclist at London Heathrow Airport, thanks to the ‘Find My’ software, which tracks Apple gadgets, including AirTags.

Sherry even displayed the app when she reported it to the lost luggage counter. He displayed the location on the application to the woman sitting at the desk. Oh, she said as she stared. She was shocked that Barry could show her where it was in real time because it was the first time she had seen someone use the ‘Find My’ app. 

Despite being unable to record the location of the bike, the service member mentioned that most lost items are discovered within 24 hours.

After a few days of waiting and tweeting about the whereabouts of his bicycle, British Airways sent him an email to confirm delivery.

Sherry claimed that using AirTag was advantageous because it allowed her to check the time of its last sighting every few hours. He believes that American Airlines, or perhaps the Heathrow crew, moved things along. If not, he claimed that he might still be waiting—despite the fact that he would likely have to face time with real people in Washington, D.C., to recover it.  (As per

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