However, New Yorkers seem to have trouble holding onto them. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson for the MTA tells the publication that they are considering issuing a public service announcement where they urge commuters to refrain from taking their AirPods on and off while entering or exiting trains.
This seems to be due to the fact that for some reason, many commuters are doing so and seem to be dropping their headphones in between the gap and onto the tracks. This has resulted in transit workers having to “rescue” these rogue AirPods from the tracks. According to Steven Dluginski, an MTA maintenance supervisor, “They’re tiny. They’re hard to find. The only saving grace is that they’re white.”
Apple currently charges customers $69 for a replacement AirPod. This is not exactly cheap, so the next time you’re on the subway, maybe try to be more careful with them.