18 Craziest Things Left Behind at Airports
Expensive paintings, a block of cheese, and a riveting journal are just some of the craziest things left behind at airport terminals, restrooms, parking lots, and TSA checkpoints.
Sure, you may park it there for the duration of your trip but why wouldn’t you come back for it? According to Jeff Martinelli, CM, manager of customer programs, Pittsburgh International Airport there’s a host of reasons including unpaid parking fines, it’s a junker, or the death of the owner and no one comes forward to claim it. Some recent standouts of abandoned cars include a 2015 GMC Sierra and 2005 Land Rover, shares Martinelli. Find out what you can get for free at the airport.
No one came forward to claim a wall projector left behind at Pittsburgh International Airport. We guess that person won’t be showing their annual three-hour vacation slideshows anymore. Speaking of pictures, your seatmate might not be interested in your vacation snaps. Keep this airplane etiquette in mind when you fly.
Electronics, laptops, and tablets
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From April 2017 to March 2018, 637 Mac Book Pros, Samsung Amazon Kindles, and similar electronics were left behind at the Pittsburgh International Airport. This category ranks third in the most common items left behind, with belts at 780 and jewelry at 863 for this airport. Read about some of the wildest things that employees have tried to expense.
Passengers visiting the Pittsburgh International Airport left 548 prescription glasses from April 2017 to March 2018. Bad news for anyone that needed them for sightseeing or reading in-flight magazines but good news for the Lions Club in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where the airport donates unclaimed glasses. For nearly 90 years, the Lion’s Club has assisted the visually impaired by fixing up used glasses and distributing them to people in underserved communities.
This certainly gives “the one that got away” fishing story a new twist. But hopefully, this passenger went on a fishing trip of a lifetime before they left the fishing rod at the Pittsburgh International Airport. These 13 items will probably get you flagged by security.
It happens—in a rush, you leave a jacket or sweater you had to take off to get through a TSA checkpoint. Or maybe it was too stuffy in the terminal, so you left your coat on the back of your chair when your flight boarded. While you may have lost your favorite cardigan, you can feel good about where it ended up, especially if you left it at the Pittsburgh International Airport, where 50 boxes of clothing were collected and donated to the Circles of Greater Pittsburgh, a nonprofit who helps the materially poor become self-sufficient.
It’s hard to fathom a brand new box of cherished mementos chosen for family and friends got left behind at the airport, but that’s what happened at the Pittsburgh International Airport. A box of Norwegian souvenirs went unclaimed; maybe the passenger didn’t realize there was a lost and found or didn’t think the box was worth tracking down. You won’t believe these 14 items that have “disappeared” from luggage.
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport found a journal of a man who was convinced his wife was trying to kill him. Maybe he was trying to flee the situation or leave it on purpose for someone to find. “We often wonder about the origin of items like this, but rarely get the chance to hear the stories behind them,” says April Conway, APR, public affairs.
Multiple canes and one singular crutch
“We can only assume the TSA screening process heals the infirm,” jokes Conway. Or maybe they were in a lot better shape than they thought and wanted to leave the memories of ill health behind. Either way, the crew at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport are scratching their heads at how these got left behind.
Carry-on bag full of marijuana
“Apparently, a passenger realized it was over the legal limit, and they couldn’t bring it with them on their journey,” says Conway. It’s prudent to know what’s allowed in carry-on bags and checked luggage before you get to the airport. Here are some other useful tips for stress-free air travel.