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Virgin Atlantic engineer names passenger hand luggage item most frequently lost in cabin


These included iPads, mobile phones, neck pillows, water bottles, articles of clothing, scarves, glasses, kindles, cameras and passports.

Occasionally though, some less expected items are spotted by the flight crew.

Some airline workers shared the weird and wonderful items they have discovered after passengers had disembarked.

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Posting to a Reddit forum, one ground staff member listed: “Any sort of electronic devices – from cell phones over iPads to laptops; passports – fake and real; wallets; a baby in a maxi cosi carrier, parents came back from the plane – don’t ask me how they forgot their kid; pet in a carrier box, owner didn’t come back – animal was given to animal sanctuary; back packs; trolleys; crutches; hotel vouchers, documents and so on.” [SIC]

They added: “If the flight is still there and we know who it belongs to we bring it to them, but often they are already gone so bad luck.

“What also often surprises me is what people don’t pick up from the baggage belts.

“It starts with normal luggage – baby strollers (or lost and found is full of them), wheelchairs, sports baggage (we have a bunch of diving equipment and surfboards downstairs) – it’s just weird.”

Meanwhile, a flight attendant recounted: “I’ve found maps, wedding rings, and trivial pursuit cards.”

Luckily, in most instances, these items are located by crew or cleaning staff and handed in to the lost property for the airport at which the plane is currently parked.

Heathrow Airport, for example, lists all lost property found onboard in an online database.

Passengers who find their item can then contact the airport to claim it.

However, they may have to pay a service fee of up to £20, plus cover postage and packing if the item needs to be delivered.

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