Lost Luggage Heaven

April 26, 2013
Fares from Washington DC:

    Q. What happens to lost luggage that goes unclaimed?

    A. After a period of about a week, the airline will attempt to match the bag's contents with missing baggage reports. If 90 days pass, and the owner and the bag still haven't been reunited, that luggage then becomes the property of the airline. What do they want with your fannypacks and cameras? They auction 'em off to places like the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, which then resells the contents (over one million items a year). Most of the Baggage Center's stock is clothing, but shoppers will also find electronics, jewelry, etc. Especially odd finds go on display in the Baggage Center museum, like a Jim Henson puppet from the film Labyrinth.

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