Apple’s AirTag item trackers have been getting headlines for all the wrong reasons over the last few weeks. We’ve heard about AirTags being used to stalk people and to try to steal cars, for example. But some people are using AirTags for what they’re designed for — keeping tabs on items.
More specifically, some military families are using AirTags to keep track of whole trucks rather than wallets. Military Times (via Daring Fireball) has a piece detailing how one family was moving from one base to another and used an AirTag to follow where their belongings were.
The report notes that moving from base to base is notoriously difficult, with moving companies seemingly incapable of doing the job they are hired for. That’s led people to take matters into their own hands by using AirTags to follow trucks instead of relying on the companies themselves.
“You hear so many horror stories when it comes to PCSing,” she told Military Times. “With those stories in mind, and having read about people putting AirTags with some of their HHG, I decided it would be worth testing the theory.”
She attached the device — a small Bluetooth tracker you can locate from another Apple device like an iPhone, iPad or a MacBook — to a box of her son’s toys.
From there it was a waiting game — would the stuff turn up when it was supposed to? Well, no. And when the moving company lied about where the truck was it was down to the AirTag to tell the truth.
After surpassing the expected delivery date on Jan. 7, McNulty reached out to the move coordinator, Suddath, and learned that the HHG (household goods) was to be delivered the next day. When she turned on the AirTag, she was able to confirm that her family’s belongings were a mere four hours away in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Not knowing that the truck was being tracked, the company tried to claim it was still in Colorado.
After some back and forth it was found that the truck wasn’t where it was supposed to be so that its driver could “go see my lady.”
So there we have it. If you want to keep track of your moving truck, an AirTag really is the best iPhone accessory money can buy.