Quest to return iPad that criss-crossed the globe

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Quest to return iPad that criss-crossed the globe

A Durban man is on a mission to find the owner of an iPad that was forgotten on an international flight

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The quest to find the owner of an Apple iPad that was left in an overhead baggage compartment on a flight from Australia to Johannesburg has gone global – with the Durban family determined to reunite the device with its rightful owner.
And John Sheard, of Hillcrest, wants to know if you’re the man with the dog.
“The picture saved to the home screen is that of a man with his dog and I can only assume that is the owner, and we are desperate to find him,” he said.
Sheard said his father-in-law had stumbled across the iPad while retrieving his bag after touching down from a family holiday in Australia in January.
“He was last to get off the plane and when he was getting his bag he found the iPad at the back of the baggage store. He thought if he handed it over it was likely to go missing and take a shortcut to someone’s pocket, and he wanted to get it to the original owner,” he said.
Using the serial number, Sheard first went to Apple and established that the iPad was bought in Canada.
“I got hold of my brother in Canada to see if he could find out who bought it. The problem is that with privacy laws in Canada, Apple there couldn’t give us the buyer’s personal information.
“We posted pictures on Facebook and that is how we’re trying to trace the owner. We have it and I am keen to get to back where it belongs.”
The Facebook post has been shared well over 1,000 times.

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