Results for - If These Bags Could Talk...
2,472 voters participated in this survey
1. Every year, 25 million bags - out of 4.3 billion bags in total - get misdirected or lost at airlines worldwide. The majority of these bags eventually are found and claimed, but some do not. And although most baggage is returned to passengers within 24 hours, some languishes in airports and warehouses before carriers declare it officially lost. Airlines spend a considerable amount of effort tracking down owners of unclaimed luggage -- they even use clues from inside the bag when the outer tags are gone. But some luggage, no matter how carefully the carrier tries to trace it, is irretrievably lost. Have you ever had your luggage lost, and did it eventually show up?
This has never happened to my luggage
Luggage was lost, but eventually showed up
Luggage was lost, but never showed up
Luggage was lost, and still waiting for them to find it
Does not apply to me (do not fly, do not travel, only do carry-on, etc.)
2. Fifty years ago, entrepreneur Doyle Owens started the Unclaimed Baggage Center by buying left-behind bags and other left behind "findings" from transportation companies and selling them to customers at his brick-and-mortar store in Scottsboro, Alabama. Today, that operation has grown to become a 50,000-square-foot store that sells everything but the kitchen sink (except for one time they did sell a kitchen sink) to customers interested in the promise of great deals and interesting finds. The store recently went online, to expand their customer base. Before the pandemic, Unclaimed Baggage was processing some 7,000 items bought from airlines daily. Have you ever bought anything from this store?
Not this store, but a similar store that sells "lost" luggage and other things people leave behind on planes
3. Naturally the main thing this store sells off is luggage. The next most common items are electronics, like lap tops, phones and accessories. But, they also sell off the contents of the luggage and other unusual things left behind on planes -- none of which was ever claimed. Here are some of the surprising things that this store has had for sale. Are you surprised that anyone would forget and not claim any of these items?
14-karat diamond tennis bracelet (worth over $25,000)
Carom lizard leather embossed pool cue (approx $600)
Nick Fouquet felt hat (can run up to $1,000)
Fly fishing rod
Bear pelt packed in salt
Egyptian burial mask
Jiu Jitsu Belt
Jewish Hasidic Fedora Hat with Box
Vintage solitaire diamond engagement ring (worth over $7,000)
Find it hard to believe that anyone would not claim all of the above
4. The last list pales in comparison to some of these things the store has seen, including, yes, a kitchen sink. Can you believe anyone would not try and claim any of these very strange things left behind or lost?
West Point uniform from the 1930s
Neil Diamond's xylophone
a functional 14-foot-long rocket
a full-size headstone
Hoggle, an animatronic puppet from the Jim Henson's 1986 cult classic Labyrinth, which got lost on the way back from filming in England
Surprised about all of these
07/10/2020 Travel 2472 52 By: Harriet56