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What Happens To Unclaimed Bags?  
User currently offlineSimProgrammer From France, joined Aug 2004, 196 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 3026 times:

I saw the unclaimed bag room at LGW – it had everything from pushchairs to computers, and wondered where does it eventually go?

Give it away?
Dump it?
Donate it?
Sell it?

Drive a bus, an Airbus, easier than a London bus!
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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 3023 times:


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 2984 times:

I think some of it goes to charity auctions if they can find no way of identifying it. Passengers complain about airlines losing bags and never getting them back but if passengers check in bags with no identification anywhere in it whatsoever if the tag comes off then the airline cannot tell who it belongs to.
I wouldn;t check in a bag without some form of note in the bag saying that it is mine, or even just an address, that is good enough to get the bag back. If you put nothing in you only have yourself to blame if the tag comes off for some reason.

User currently offlinePITops From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1442 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

I put a luggage tag on the outside of my bag on the handle and another one inside the front pocket just in case something happens and my tags are ripped off.

I do know that unclaimed bags at WN are kept at headquarters for a certain amount of time then they are picked up by a company that has auctions. I do not recall the time they are kept at headquarters in Dallas. I know each station holds unclaimed items for 5 days then ships then to our Central Baggage Service facility in Dallas.

Ground Ops, Southwest Airlines, CMH
User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 1561 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 2759 times:

I don't know if it's still around but I've heard about a big shop in Scottsboro that sells only things coming from unclaimed luggage. I'd love to visit the place next time I'm going to the US !

Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 3002 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 2750 times:

Quoting Airtrainer (Reply 4):
I don't know if it's still around but I've heard about a big shop in Scottsboro that sells only things coming from unclaimed luggage. I'd love to visit the place next time I'm going to the US !

There is a link in the second reply about that.

[Edited 2008-01-04 11:30:53]

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User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

In Frankfurt they hold auctions open to the public. It seems the airport empties out the lost and found 3-4 times a year and holds an auction. They seem to be quite popular. A recent one was shown on TV a few weeks ago. Some people attend hoping to hit a jackpot of some sort....a briefcase filled with diamonds and money or high end electronic devises. Many were there just for the kick of it. They showed as a few "lucky" people opened their acquisitions. One guy found a digital camera and a Discman. One lady found only dirty laundry and another lady had a suitcase filled with Peruvian Pan-flutes.

A330 man.
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