Snippet: iPhone From Onboard Alaska Airlines Incident Found; Survives 16,000-Foot Drop ☇

Shared on January 9, 2024

Arin Waichulis for 9to5Mac:

We’ve seen drop tests, but nothing like this. While searching for the missing door plug from Alaska Airlines Flight 1282, a resident stumbled upon an intact iPhone on the side of the road. He soon discovered that it actually belonged to a passenger on the plane.

The headline is certainly that Alaska Airlines 1282 experienced rapid depressurization due to the door plug coming off while in flight and miraculously no one was injured or killed. As we can all breathe a sigh of relief on that, the fact that not one, but two iPhones were found (before the door plug) and at least this one was in working condition.

While some may argue this is a great advertising opportunity for Apple, I think this came down to mostly luck—where it landed, what it might have hit just before landing, and even how it landed (face down, on a corner, etc.) Aside from health-related individual stories, Apple generally steers clear of anything potentially tragic in advertising. Nonetheless, it’s certainly a remarkable story.

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