A Tennessee family says their movements were being tracked for hours by an Apple AirTag device while visiting Walt Disney World.

Seventeen-year-old Madison Gaston and her family were on the monorail back to the parking lot when she realized that her movements had been tracked by someone for hours through the use of an Apple AirTag device. After discovering that they were being tracked, the family became "terrified," Madison's mother, Jennifer, told Fox 35.

"We were terrified, we were confused, hurt, and scared," Jennifer told the outlet. "She literally watched it follow us from the tram all the way back to our vehicle."


Madison was alerted that the device had been tracking her movements between 7:09 p.m. and 11:33 p.m., according to the Daily Mail. After arriving at their vehicle, the family started combing through their belongings in an attempt to find the device. When they didn't find the tag, they locked their doors and drove off before placing a call to the police, according to the outlet.

Apple's AirTag devices are used in order to help people keep track of personal items, such as keys, wallets, purses, or luggage. Once an AirTag device has been placed on the object that a person wants to keep track of, the belongings can be located through an app.

As the Gastons left the parking lot, Madison kept refreshing her app, only to have it show that the AirTag was still in the parking lot. "So somehow when we were frantically shaking out clothes and dumping everything out of our bags it fell out," Jennifer said.

"AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track people or another person's property, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products," Apple said in February about the use of unwanted tracking.


"It happens quite frequently. Normally targeted to a lot of younger females who are out later ... it gets slipped into someone's pocket or in their handbag," Kurt Knutsson, a cyber technology expert, said in regard to the incident during an interview on Fox and Friends on Monday morning.

The Gaston family has expressed thankfulness to God that the situation was not worse.

"This story could have ended way differently," Jennifer said, praising her daughter's diligence and awareness, according to the outlet.