Delta plane cleaner admits to taking iPad left on plane at OIA


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A Delta flight passenger said he forgot his iPad on the plane when he got to Orlando International Airport.

It was never turned in, but officials traced the iPad to 41-year-old Angel Gonzalez' home.

Police arrested Gonzalez on grand theft charges for allegedly taking the iPad he found while cleaning a Delta airplane in Orlando last week.

"La realidad es que no lo robe," Gonzalez said.

He said, "the reality is, I didn't steal it" and wouldn't say anything else when Eyewitness News stopped by his home.

His arrest report says Gonzalez admitted to police he took the iPad home, used it, then threw it in a dumpster at the airport because he got scared. Police said he took them right to it.

"You would always hope that people would have good values and turn things in," traveler Bethann Foytik said.

Similar issues happened just this year at OIA when flight attendants and Transportation Security Administration workers have taken off with valuables accidentally left behind by passengers.

In January, a baggage handling company was investigated when employees allegedly stole valuables right out of the luggage.

Orlando International Airport officials said they handle more than 2,000 lost and found items each month, but they couldn't immediately say if there was a different number of stolen items reported.

Gonzalez was fired from the company hired by Delta to clean their airplanes.