3 More Questions Answered on Finding Your Lost Items at the Airport (Practical Strategies and Advice) Part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of my guide of questions answered and practical strategies of recovering luggage lost while in transit at the airport. In part 1 we talked mainly about laptops (and about how you know, most people at an airport are not active in the petty thieving business). Today we will field 3 more questions and tips that you can use (or choose not to use for some strange reason).


These tips and practical strategies should help any ease of anxiety as you start traveling, whether it is domestic or internationally. Just remember, the worst thing you can do is panic. The best thing you can do is to be methodical and have the right knowledge to know what to do.


The good news is… that is exactly what we are going to get into now! So let us dive into 3 more strategies and questions answered that will help you.


1 – Understand that there Might Be Multiple Lost and Founds


At major airports or airports dominated by a single airline carrier, they may have multiple lost and founds. This is good to know because your lost baggage might not end up at the actual airport’s official lost and found, but rather the carrier’s lost and found that operates in the terminal where your luggage is lost.


It is to your advantage to know the local rules of the airport you are in as each operates slightly different. Knowing there are multiple lost and founds to check is a big help as well and will cut down the time between losing the item and finding it again.


2 – A Quick Call is Quicker than a Quick Walk


For some reason when people get to an airport and realize they have to walk all the way to the airports lost and found to find the item, they completely forget that airports have phones. I am not really sure why this happens, but fear not! You are not in some alternate phoneless universe at the airport. In fact, pretty much every desk lining the terminals have phones and there are almost always pay phones to be used.


Call up the lost and found department. Even if you only get a recording, you can still leave a message. Describe in detail your luggage, your name and your phone. It is best to give your name and phone number at the start of the message too just so you can avoid getting cut off by the message timer when you are describing your luggage.


3 – Leave Your Mark!


This is another strange thing that I am not quite sure why people do not do… people have all these valuables items but then never mark them or label them stating that they are theirs. This is super easy to do too. All you need is to buy some tags, or even just tape your business card onto the package and in big print letters say “OWNER OF LUGGAGE”.


It is that simple.


And this will skyrocket your chances of finding an item that goes missing during one of your travels.


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3 Questions Answered on Finding Your Lost Items at the Airport (Practical Strategies and Advice)

So you find yourself at the airport and you’re missing an item. This could be anywhere from the most annoying to the most tragic thing that can happen on any traveling journey–losing your bag or luggage. However, there are some important questions you can ask yourself to make sure you are ready for this possible outcome as our carry-on luggage gets heavier and heavier (thanks to the new $25 check in for extra luggage).


What are these questions? Let us dive in!


1 – Do People Really Return Laptops?


This is surprisingly a common question people ask. Would not most people just steal that new MacBook pro if they saw it just sitting there by its lonesome on some airport chair? The answer is a relieving no.


As mentioned in other articles on this site, people really do not go to the airports in attempts to steal from fellow travelers. They are just looking to get through the ordeal like anyone else. And most of the time when they see someone has lost their luggage, they will pick up that laptop and give it to the person that is nearest to them that works at the airport, in hopes that person will then bring it back to the airport’s lost and found.


By the way, it is a good tip to check the general vicinity of where you lost your luggage or laptop before going to the lost and found. As the airport clerk may not have had time to drop the item off at the lost and found yet.


In fact, according to Sea-Tac, a surprising 85-90% of lost laptops are given back to their rightful owners. So keep calm and act accordingly!


2 – File a Lost Property Report as Soon as You Can


Every airport has a little bit different procedure when it comes to this, but otherwise just follow the instructions on their website or with an airport staff member to file the report. Do this as soon as possible because these reports are often cross checked with the items that end up in the lost and found.


3 – Be Aware of When You Lost Your Items


Always try to track where you were when you last saw the lost item. This, for obvious reasons, can help track down where the item might be. If you left it on an airplane for instance, that item might be in the next locale that the airplane ended up in by now. If you can get it before that airplane takes off on its next flight, it will certainly save you a lot of time and stress.

These are just 3 tips and questions to ask yourself when it comes to finding your items. Stay tuned to the blog as we continue this series of important questions and tips on finding your lost luggage. Hopefully you enjoyed this article and see you on the next posting my dear readers (and obvious super fans).


Remember, travel safe and be aware of your surroundings for both the sake of your luggage and yourself!

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How the Airport Lost and Found Really Works (Sound Advice and Tips)

Traveling can be stressful, there is just no way around that. Even a first class ticket will still leave you contending with the hordes of people flying to and fro every day at these harbors of the sky. Now with the second checked bag being a charged item instead of a free add-on by the vast majority of airliners around the world, the potential of losing your goods and luggage are even higher than before.


The reason?


People are trying to pack more and more on their airplane trips without actually using the checked in luggage option, all in an effort to save around $25 dollars or so. Because of this extra packing and extra carrying people are doing, people are more and more at risk of actually losing their items.


When you lose an item from traveling, it can be a real nuisance if not a direct cause of some serious anxiety. Most people rush right away to the airport’s lost and found when they find out that their luggage has gone missing or an item of theirs has disappeared. This is not a terrible idea to do. After all, most modern day lost and founds at airports come equipped with scanning technology where they label every lost item they come by so they can upload it to what is typically a national database of lost items. This is very useful, especially when you find yourself in a new airport and you may have lost your items at a different airport altogether. They can upload the label database and see if you indeed lost it perhaps at your previous connection if that airport’s lost and found uploaded the item into their database.


However, this is not always the best option. This is very true if you are still at the airport where you believe you lost the item. Many people do this just through pure forgetfulness. They leave their luggage behind or a special belonging as they move about the airport, tired and weary. In most cases, people do not come to airports to see if they can steal from unsuspecting travelers. Most people that find a missing laptop or a piece of unattended luggage will probably bring it to the authorities or someone who looks like they have some kind of role with the airport. And you may not find this item right away in the lost and found simply because the attendant that received the lost item has not had time to report the missing item or to deliver it to their lost and found department. This is very important if you plan on finding your missing item as soon as possible.


Instead of going right away to the lost and found (which can be closed at certain times of the day), go to the last area where you believe the luggage was. It is likely your missing item is near a member of the TSA or clerk counter for one of the flight desks where someone handed off the item.


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The Ancient History of Lost and Found (Seriously)

When people think of the Lost and Found, they think of their local mall and the weird dark room tucked into some random hallway going off the main halls of the mall. But did you know that the Lost and Found actually has ancient history as a tradition across various cultures in the world?


Well honestly, neither did I until I started to look into it and where this tradition of having a Lost and Found came from.


As far as history is concerned, the very first form of the Lost and Found can be traced to Ancient Greece and Rome. This is shown through advertising in papyrus found at the time. You can also find the Lost and Found ancient occurrences in Japan, dating as far back as the year 718 where it is actually written in their code. There is also quite a bit of French history in how the tradition of the Lost and Found has been cultivated over the years. For instance, Napoleon wanted to establish a central place that would be responsible for collecting everything found laying out in the Parisian streets. So he ordered his prefect of police to create a Lost and Found branch of the government. This was back in 1805, and strangely enough for a place considered to be a lost and found, the organization made pretty much zero effort to ever return any of the items to people who lost them or to even find out who did lose these items until around 1893 when the police prefect Louis Lepine decided to make active efforts in tracking down people who had missing items.


As you can see, the world of lost and found is actually a lot stranger than you may have thought in how it has popped up in the world. Nowadays, Lost and Found is as much part of governmental institutions as it is anywhere where the public gathers. Whether it is a concert, a shopping mall, a train station, bus route, amusement park, or airport with planes coming in day and night, you will likely find yourself a lost and found if you need it. Of course, if you need it, hopefully they actually did find it.


In recent years, lost and founds have been incorporating new technology to help better track down items. They will label everything, scan the labels and then upload the item to their database. This makes their job much easier when someone comes bumbling in looking for a specific item that may had been found weeks ago. This effective logging system has helped people to reunite with their lost goods in a much more proficient and efficient manner than previous systems.


As technology gets better, this will only continue to be true.


One interesting concept that might see more of a rise from 2016 and onwards is the ability to place tracking labels on your goods. This can be done using similar technology that is already readily available in the form of “Track My iPhone”. This possibility could cut down on the need for lost and founds in many locations, or at least improve your chances of finding the item you actually lost at the lost and found if for some reason it was not scanned into their database.