A user has placed an AirTag inside a package they sent to a friend and tracked it successfully as it traveled all across the United Kingdom. This basically means that there was an iPhone nearby to help pin-point the location at every step of the journey and is just one more confirmation about the power of Apple’s Find My network.
Back to the UK story, the user, Intego’s Kirk McElhearn was able to locate the AirTag first at a local sorting station, and then track it on its way in a delivery truck to a mail center, then a sorting center, and finally at a friend’s house. Once the package with the AirTag arrived at its destination, it doesn’t seem to have notified the receiver in any way, even after days of the AirTag staying idle at their home:
The AirTag indicated the friend’s location but never alerted the person they might be stalked
Apple says that “if someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.” It then continues to clarify that “if you happen to be with a friend who has an AirTag, or on a train with a whole bunch of people with AirTag, don’t worry. These alerts are triggered only when an AirTag is separated from its owner.”
Notice that Apple says that an AirTag will only notify you if “it’s traveling with you”, but does not say anything about a case as explained above where an AirTag arrives with a package via the post and stays at your place after that. And the fact that the friend who got the package never heard any signal that would help them identify they are being tracked is worrisome.