- A former “Love Island” contestant stated she discovered an AirTag that did not belong to her in her bag.
- Montana Brown says she acquired an alert after touchdown at LAX that somebody could possibly be monitoring her location.
A pregnant former “Love Island” contestant says she discovered an Apple AirTag that did not belong to her in her bag in what she feared was an try and stalk her.
Montana Brown flew from London to Los Angeles earlier this month to attend the Nickelodeon Youngsters’ Selection Awards on March 4.
After her flight landed at LAX, Brown informed Insider she acquired a notification on her iPhone telling her she was carrying an AirTag that did not belong to her, or anybody in her contacts.
Brown, 27, stated her iPhone informed her the tag had been monitoring her for about two hours, which means it is seemingly the AirTag was positioned in her bag both as she was boarding or throughout the flight.
“I did not really feel like I acquired any humorous seems to be from anyone, I did not really feel like I used to be being focused in any method. So clearly it was executed very discreetly with out me realizing,” she informed Insider.
After alerting her boyfriend Mark O’Connor to the incident, he informed her to go to the restroom and verify her bag for the gadget.
Brown, who appeared within the third UK season of “Love Island,” ultimately discovered the AirTag on the backside of her bag and flushed it down the bathroom.
It was solely when Brown returned residence to the UK and informed mates that she realized the potential gravity of the state of affairs.
“That is once I began pondering oh, that is form of unhealthy. A girl travelling by herself, particularly pregnant, what had been their intentions? And that is form of the scary factor.”
The previous actuality contestant introduced in December that she was anticipating a child with O’Connor.
Brown did not report the incident to police, explaining she was unaware if a regulation had been damaged, whereas realizing flushing the AirTag down the bathroom meant she did not have any proof.
She stated she tried to disable monitoring for the gadget, however was unable to take action, so determined to eliminate it as quick as potential.
Apple AirTags are designed to assist folks preserve observe of their possessions reminiscent of keys or baggage, however have generally been misused.
In January final yr, mannequin and Instagram influencer Brooks Nader stated somebody slipped an AirTag into her coat pocket to attempt to observe her location.
Apple was hit with two lawsuits in December from different ladies who stated AirTags had been used to observe them. One stated a tag had been left in her automotive.
Such incidents prompted Apple to launch a brand new security information for AirTags in January, which included serving to somebody verify if an AirTag is monitoring them, in addition to steerage for Android customers who need to verify for a close-by tag.
Apple declined to remark however referred to a press release about AirTag safety that stated it condemned “within the strongest potential phrases any malicious use of our merchandise,” including that updates talked about in it had been now reside.