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From karaoke sets to big boulders: Lost and found at airports across the world

January 5, 2022 Airport No Comments

person touching smartphoneWith millions of people rushing to get on aeroplanes globally every year it is not surprising many objects end up in ‘lost and found.

There are some bizarre tales of unusual items that have been left at the airport across the world, according to the car rental and airport transfer experts at Stressfreecarrental.com.

These include:

  • a karaoke set and bongo drums in Australia
  • some rare Rhino beetles left on a plane in America. These were found and returned to the sender a few weeks later – but had sadly died during that time.
  • a toilet seat complete with the cistern in the UK
  • a 15kg boulder which a tourist unsurprisingly had rejected by security chiefs in Ireland

But what about the most likely items to be forgotten during a long or short-haul flight? Stressfreecarrental.com have also come up with a list of the most likely items that people leave behind on their travels.

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The airport lost property: Uncommon: bongo drums and common: mobile phones

A spokesperson for Stressfreecarrental.com said: “With a plane to catch whether for business or pleasure, everyone travels with belongings and sometimes things can go missing and end up in the lost property.

“Our guide highlights some of the most common items which are lost with some handy tips on ways to keep them safe, or should they go missing, to enable them to be more easily identified and returned to you following your journey.”

It is important to keep these handy tips in mind as airport lost property cannot be held forever with people usually given a certain time period to make contact and claim before items have to perhaps be disposed of, or auctioned and sold for charitable purposes.

Here are top tips from Stressfreecarrental.com to keep your property safe on your travels:

Keys: keep a spare set of keys at home or with a relative or friend in case you lose them, to enable you to have a fallback option if necessary. Key finder apps are also now popular for travellers.

Mobility aids: These are some of the most common items to be mislaid, which is also quite surprised when they are so necessary for people who use them. Such items include walking frames and canes. It is useful to imprint your name and address on these items should the worst happen.

Clothing accessories: Sunglasses and belts go missing in abundance at airports. It may be that travellers have been rushing to get changed while waiting for their flight and accidentally leave these sorts of items behind. Using lanyards for sunglasses can keep them safe, while it is a good idea not to remove belts from clothing, as they are less likely to get mislaid.

Luggage: Smart luggage trackers which you can use on your mobile phone are helping to reduce the amount of luggage that goes missing each year – ensure to download such an app on your phone to give you a better chance of tracing your luggage if misfortune occurs.

Coats and jackets: Attach a business or ID card to an inside pocket of your jacket so people can identify the owner if it goes missing. Textile stamps that have permanent ink are also a good idea, but you might want to seek advice from a dry cleaner or similar professional on how to use them safely without damaging the clothing in the first place.

Electronics: Laptops and mobiles can go missing very easily in customer waiting areas so it is a good idea to attach ID to your device where possible. Keeping serial numbers of gadgets before they go missing can also speed up how quickly you are reunited with your lost item.

Edited by: Stephen Morton

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