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AirPods among items falling onto subway tracks

Posted: 11:06 PM, Sep 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-03 23:07:06-04

QUEENS — Hold on to the headphones and don’t drop those wireless earpieces.

MTA crews are being called to retrieve some expensive pieces of technology.

There has been an increase in reports of lost AirPods as upgraded devices are put on the market. The Apple-manufactured earphones operate on bluetooth technology, which is cordless.

More than a hundred times in the past year, the tiny pieces of technology have been rescued from the tracks.

By comparison, cell phones need to be retrieved at more than 20 times that number.

More than 5,000 times a year, crews are summoned to the tracks to get lost items.

Crews with Maintenance of Way are stationed around the system and are assigned to various jobs along the tracks.

They respond with a gripper to reach for the item. Call for assistance on a station intercom or by dialing 511. Station personnel can also request the crews.

Some riders have reported it can take up to an hour for the assigned crews to arrive.

Previous public safety campaigns have highlighted the dangers of entering the trackbed.