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Lufthansa offers free flight to iPhone engineer

updated 11:15 am EDT, Fri April 23, 2010

Promotional stunt exploits lost iPhone prototype

German airline Lufthansa is offering a free flight to Germany for Gray Powell, the Apple engineer who accidentally left a prototype iPhone behind at a German-themed bar in California. Specifically Powell is being offered a business-class flight to Munich, where Lufthansa has just opened a beer lounge. "I recently read in the news that you lost a very special phone at a German beer bar in California," reads a letter from the airline's Americas marketing director, Nicola Lange.

"At Lufthansa we also noted with great interest your passion for German beer and culture," the letter continues. "We thought you could use a break soon -- and therefore would like to offer you complimentary business class transportation to Munich, where you can literally pick up where you last left off."

It's not known if Powell has agreed to the trip, though a Lufthansa spokesman says the engineer has dropped hints to people he knows. The public is also in the dark as to whether he still works with Apple. Company CEO Steve Jobs is believed to personally monitor people who take prototypes off-campus, and a major security breach like the iPhone leak could potentially lead to a quick firing. So far it is thought that Powell still has his job, given no rumors to the contrary.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    take the trip. leave the iPhone.

  1. bogmonster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about the thief?

    All this bloody attention on the poor s****** who lost the phone...What about the douche who stole it and knowingly sold property that wasn't his?
    Sorry chuckles, if you really wanted to get it back to the owner, you would have left it with the bar or, used the contact list to call a friend. You were able to get at his facebook account to find his name, so dialling "mom" or "home" from the addressbook shouldn't have been too tough.
    I hope you're charged and fined a lot more than the $5000 you were paid for your lack of morals.

    sorry, seem to be in "cranky old man" mode today

  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Maybe not officially fired

    But I would guess that he's currently on indefinite unpaid leave from the company. That may change once the next-gen iPhone is unveiled to the public, and it won't be to Powell's benefit.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Germans showing a sense of humor....

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