Fliers leave shoes, phones, cameras on planes: survey
While air passengers leaving behind belongings at airports was a fairly known fact, a survey by British carrier Virgin Atlantic revealed that the habit of forgetting things is also common on flights.mumbai Updated: Jun 01, 2013 01:04 IST
While air passengers leaving behind belongings at airports was a fairly known fact, a survey by British carrier Virgin Atlantic revealed that the habit of forgetting things is also common on flights.
According to the survey, the belongings range from common items like reading glasses, books, headphones, make up kits, neck pillows and things bought from duty free, to shoes, baby strollers, passports, smartphones, cameras, tablets and laptops.
Even wedding rings have been found, though it is not clear if they were left behind deliberately.
The amount of baggage lost at the Mumbai airport has grown 10-fold, from 1,190 in 2006 to 12,580 in 2011. Until last May, 4,840 bags and goods worth approximately Rs2.26 crore were still unclaimed at the city airport.
“Passengers leave all sorts of items on our flights, ranging from the predictable to the unexpected. We were surprised to find an artificial limb left behind by one of our upper class passengers, but we were able to re-unite them,” said Stephen King, general manager, Virgin Atlantic (India).
“Many passengers start their vacation the moment they get on the aircraft, and when they get into a holiday mood, they often forget personal belongings on board.”
Since all passengers do not share their phone numbers with the airline, the forgotten goods stay with the airline for at least six months before they are donated.
Officials said each item was stored with passenger details such as seat number, flight route and the date of the journey.
Although this trend has been fairly widespread, some airlines claimed the number of forgotten items has come down, owing to last-minute announcements on board the flight.
“We have witnessed a steady decline of passengers forgetting their belongings since on-board announcements alerting fliers have begun,” said an Air India spokesperson.