Amazing things found in abandoned luggage are not your typical finds like designer purses and expensive watches, these are rare items like one-of-a-kind movie props, ancient artifacts and large sums of cash. So forget that iPad lost on a plane or that favorite pair of jeans in your luggage that never arrived, these amazing things found in abandoned luggage are the things we could only dream about having, even for a split second before they are swallowed up by air travel.
From the Hoggle movie prop from "Labyrinth" to 13th century bronze plaques to an eight-foot remote controlled airplane, the unique items found in lost luggage are about as unpredictable as can be. Antique items like a 1770s violin, a 10-foot Tibetan dung chen and Egyptian artifacts, complete with a shrunken head, are just a few of the old items found in abandoned luggage.
But there's so much more than just old things found in lost luggage. There have been some extremely weird things that have turned up as well, like a Barbie doll stuffed with cash, 300 tortoises, a live rattlesnake and no less than 50 vacuum-packed frogs. Of course plenty of illegal goods have been found as well, such as the five pounds of cocaine that were discovered stuffed in tennis shoes at JFK Airport in 2011.
These obscure items all were found in lost or abandoned bags at airports around the world or at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. Bags that go unclaimed after 90 days are sold by airlines
and sent to this massive compound in the south where the items within are sorted, cleaned and resold at prices 30-80% below retail. You may be able to find some gently used clothing, electronics and of course top luggage
at this 40,000 square foot store but don't expect many of these amazing things up for sale. The Unclaimed Baggage Center also houses a museum which displays all of these oddities for visitors and tourists alike.
So the next time you take to the friendly skies, remember to put valuables, like a briefcase full of $1 million, a 40.95-carat natural emerald or a Naval guidance system worth $250,000, in your carry-on baggage for safe keeping and label your checked baggage well. Then again, had these people done that we never would have seen these amazing items in abandoned luggage.