Amazing things found in abandoned luggage are not your typical finds like designer purses and expensive watches. No, these are rare items like one-of-a-kind movie props, ancient artifacts, and large sums of cash. So forget that iPad you left in the seat back pocket or that favorite pair of jeans in your luggage that never arrived. These amazing things found in abandoned luggage are the items we could only dream about having, even for a split second before they were swallowed up by air travel.
The unique items found in lost luggage are about as unpredictable as can be. Antique items like a 1770s violin and a 10-foot Tibetan dung-chen 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 thousands of tortoises, a live rattlesnake, and no less than 50 vacuum-packed frogs. Of course, plenty of prohibited goods have been found as well, such as the 5 lbs. of coke discovered stuffed in tennis shoes at JFK Airport in 2011.
These obscure items were all 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 top luggage at this 40,000 square foot store - but don't expect many of these amazing things to be up for sale. The Unclaimed Baggage Center also houses a museum which displays all of these oddities for visitors.
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.
What are the best things found in abandoned luggage? Take a look here and see for yourself, and vote up the most amazing finds.
This precious stone was found in a suitcase, still in its natural, uncut form, before ending up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center. If it sounds huge, that's because it is, and it's worth about $35,000.
The Unclaimed Baggage Center sees various musical instruments come through its doors but few as old and as valuable as a violin made in the 1770s. This find was not sold to an aspiring musical student, however, as it remains in the museum of amazing things found in abandoned luggage.
Authorities in the Philippines found no less than 1,529 live tortoises in luggage coming from Hong Kong.
There's definitely a joke to be made when a Navy officer loses a GPS system worth an estimated $250,000 on an airplane. Thankfully, the airline that found the really fancy navigation system had no trouble locating the officer to return the gadget.