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Due to summer heat and sweat, New York Metropolitan Transport Authority has reported an uptick in “AirPod rescues,” according to CNBC. If an AirPod falls into subway tracks, retrieving it can be dangerous and cause delays as crew members try to rescue them.
According to the New York Post, riders drop nearly 20 AirPods per month. The MTA is considering remedying the situation by asking passengers to keep their AirPods in.
MTA Maintenance Supervisor Steven Dluginski told the Wall Street Journal that this summer saw an all-time high for such incidents. “It’s job security, as far as we’re concerned,” Dluginski told the Wall Street Journal. MTA also told CNBC that it can be dangerous for passengers to try and retrieve their own AirPods, possibly resulting in injury and system delays.
If you’re an MTA passenger and drop your expensive bud, don’t try and get it back yourself. A “subway-cleaner” told the New York Post that reports can be filed at subway station booths, and someone will be contacted to retrieve it.
Since Airpods launched in 2016, losing them has been a major problem. The lack of a cord obviously makes it easier for the tiny earbuds to go missing. In 2017, Apple introduced a feature that allowed users to find their Airpods via their iPhone that works similarly to how they’d use a laptop to look for a lost iPhone from Find My iPhone. Of course, that won’t stop people who know they’ve dropped them on the subway tracks from risking their lives to go after the expensive devices: Just this past July, a woman went viral for documenting her elaborate Airpod rescue from subway tracks on Twitter.
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Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.