MacGyver-esque plan allows NYC woman to save an AirPod from "inevitable" destruction

MacGyver-esque plan allows NYC woman to save an AirPod from
How far would you go to try and recover an AirPod that fell out of your ear? In a series of tweets posted earlier this month on Twitter, a woman by the name of Ashley Mayer explained how she rescued an AirPod that had fallen near a subway track underneath the streets of New York City. The whole story began on July 9th when Mayer was waiting on a subway platform and an AirPod dropped out of one of her ears. The wireless in-ear device landed not that far away from one of the rails used by subway cars to ferry people throughout New York City.


Mayer realized that jumping down off the platform or even trying to bend down to grab the AirPod was extremely risky. As she noted in a tweet, Ashley said that she was "not lunging after it and becoming the first-ever AirPod-related subway death." She was told by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that if she hung around for a couple of hours, they could retrieve it for her, but she declined. She had plans to go to the gym and wasn't going to change that even if it meant "going to the gym against all odds and without entertainment!!!"

When Mayer arrived at the same subway platform the next day, she was surprised to see her AirPod in the same place, completely untouched. So she hatched a rescue plan. No, it wasn't exactly the raid on Entebbe, but it might have been worthy of MacGyver. She purchased a roll of duct tape and a broom and fashioned an instrument that allowed her to save the AirPod from damage. While dirty, it was none the worse for wear. And after sanitizing the device, she stuck it back in her ear where she reports it still works perfectly. The whole caper was mentioned on Good Morning America the day after it took place. While Ashley did get her 15 minutes of fame, she also saved herself the $69 that Apple charges to replace a single AirPod.


The next version of the AirPods will reportedly be made with a grippier material designed to keep the device in the user's ears. Expected out later this year, the true AirPods sequel is expected to feature a water-resistant design, noise-canceling capabilities, different color options, improved sound quality and more.

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14 Comments

1. mackan84

Posts: 632; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

And they say that we who buy Apple don’t value our money :) Or our tech...

2. kennybenny

Posts: 225; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Wow! Let's give her a big round of applause, for her 15 minutes of fame on PhoneArena! You can't survive a day without posting Apple related news?! Also a slow news day, eh?

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4325; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This was news 4 days ago.

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

You’re a real ray of sunshine aren’t you.

9. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

All phone techblogs are dry right now. Most indian youtubers who can't review laptops and other gadgets have idle accounts now.

3. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

PhoneArena is a myth. It's more like google/pixel arena these days.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4325; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Try making products that don't fall out of your ears so easily

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

You try.

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 17, 2017

At least in my case, it’s true. I won’t buy AirPods because they absolutely fall out of my ears. Not everyone has this problem, so I guess it’s fine.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I have this problem with all in ear headphones. My Gear Icon X stay in because they hook the ear contour. But all in ear phones also fatigue my ear quickly.

8. dimas

Posts: 3419; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And this is a news? Of course it will be there the next day! Who in their right mind will go down the track just for an earpiece?

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6878; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Imagine the horror that would've ensued had she been using good old fashioned wired headphones...

12. mariosraptor

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Another plan. They're magnetic. buy a piece of steel wire. Bring close to it. Voila.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17464; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Or, accidentally touch the wire to the third rail. ZAP. (Just kidding. I don't know if they have electrified rails. But if they do anything conductive is a bad idea).

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