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I spent $3K and flew 4,000 miles to track down thief who stole my AirPods

He went to great lengths to avoid the AirPodcalypse.

A UK reality TV star relayed the incredible tale of how he flew 4,000 miles to track down the person who stole his Apple AirPods five months ago. A YouTube video of the fellow’s miraculous journey to recovery is currently blowing up online as people marvel at his persistence.

“The fact you can track tiny headphones around the world is unbelievable” Lewis Ellis, 31, recalled in the awe-inspiring clip.

The amazing saga reportedly started nearly half a year ago after the Manchester native left his Apple headphones on the plane before disembarking from a Qatar Airways flight from Bangkok, Thailand to Doha, Qatar.

The UK’s Lewis Ellis embarks on a mission to recover his lost AirPods.
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During the five months they went missing, Ellis' AirPods traveled everywhere from Nepal to Qatar.
During the five months they were missing, Ellis’ AirPods traveled everywhere from Nepal to Qatar.
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He explained that the crew wouldn’t allow him back on the flight to retrieve the devices, but informed him he’d be reunited with them at the airport.

Flash forward four hours later, and Ellis still couldn’t locate the earphones, so he departed the airport.

Just when he’d given up hope, the traveler decided to check the devices’ location on Apple’s Find My app on the iPhone, which uses AirTags to locate Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Mac and AirPods — even if they are offline. Using this handy tech-tracker, Ellis discovered his headphones were on the move.

The amazing saga reportedly started nearly half a year ago after the Manchester native left his Apple headphones on the plane before disembarking from a Qatar Airways flight from Bangkok, Thailand to Doha, Qatar.
The amazing saga reportedly started nearly half a year ago after the Manchester native left his Apple headphones on the plane before disembarking from a Qatar Airways flight from Bangkok, Thailand to Doha, Qatar.
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The Find My app beeps when the lost devices are within 45 feet.
The Find My app beeps when the lost devices are within 45 feet.
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“I then had the joy of watching them travel the world for no less than five months,” Ellis who founded Hussel Marketing, snarked to NeedToKnow.online. “I don’t know who took them but my AirPods went on the holiday of a lifetime.”

He reportedly watched as his listening accessories flew from Qatar to Katmandu and traveled to a Himalayan village overlooking Nepal a la one of the maps from the “Indiana Jones” movies. They then took a short jaunt to Thailand before finally arriving back in Doha.

“I watched them and I waited and I decided now was my chance and I was gonna take action,” explained Ellis in the YouTube video.

Ellis' AirPods en route to a small Himalayan village in Nepal.
Ellis’ AirPods en route to a small Himalayan village in Nepal.
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So the adventurer booked a flight to Doha to recover his lost listening devices — a risky proposition as the thief could’ve easily flown the coop before their owner arrived, he explained on YouTube.

Accompanying Ellis on his “hunting” trip was his friend Tom and a local man called Karim who they’d met at their hotel, and offered to help upon hearing about their plight.

“It was an adventure and felt like I was in a lost treasure film, it was all very exciting,” said Ellis, who used the Find My app to track the devices to an apartment block. The rescue team then went floor-to-floor trying to connect them via Bluetooth as the app would beep when they got within 45 feet of the devices.

Qatar Airways was unable to locate Ellis' earphones after he left them on the plane while flying from Bangkok, Thailand to Doha, Qatar.
Qatar Airways was unable to locate Ellis’ earphones after he left them on the plane while flying from Bangkok, Thailand to Doha, Qatar.
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After what seemed like an eternity, the headphones linked to Ellis’ headphones while he and his crew were outside one of the rooms. “We knew they were inside and I was determined to get them back,” the dogged AirPod-lover recounted of the “Taken”-evoking rescue mission. “I would go back every day of the trip until I got them.”

He added, “I had the box with the serial number on it so was ready to prove they were mine.”

At long last, the team was allowed into the room where several people were staying, whereupon the long-lost AirPods were returned without incident.

A local man named Karim joined Ellis on his road to recovering the stolen AirPods.
A local man named Karim joined Ellis on his road to recovering the stolen AirPods.
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“We high-fived and cheered, it was all fun and games and there were no hard feelings,” gushed Ellis of being reunited with his devices. “As we left, one person apologized for the inconvenience, but I was just happy to have them back.”

In retrospect, the Brit says that the journey is probably the “pettiest thing” he’s ever done, especially as he spent £2,300 (approximately $2,770) on flights, accommodation and food during his AirPod recovery mission.

Ellis reportedly spent nearly $3,000 trying to track down the devices.
Ellis reportedly spent nearly $3,000 trying to track down the devices.
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Nonetheless, the Apple buff reportedly has no regrets.

“I could’ve bought these AirPods four times over, but that wouldn’t make fun content now would it,” the Apple buff explained YouTube. “My mum thinks I’m mental but it was fun!”

Ultimately, Ellis says he’s just glad to have his listening devices back, explaining: “It’s just great that we managed to find them – and now I don’t need to buy a new pair!”

Ellis described the journey as the "pettiest thing" he's ever done.
Ellis described the journey as the “pettiest thing” he’s ever done.
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Ellis and his friend Tom attempt to track down the long lost listening devices.
Ellis and his friend Tom attempt to track down the long-lost listening devices.
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Needless to say, YouTube viewers were inspired by Ellis’ incredible journey.

“You are absolutely nuts but that was epic!” fawned one fan, while another wrote, “This is absolutely brilliant! I can’t believe you got them back.”

This isn’t the first time someone has used an Apple application to catch a thief. In 2015, New York City transit cops used the Find My iPhone app to track down and arrest the crook responsible for two cell phone thefts at two different Manhattan subway stations.

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