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Friday Folly: Where Does Lost Luggage Go?

April 10, 2009 | Posted in: Airline News,Ask Rick,Travel Tips

An elaborate joke? A bizarre art project? You decide…

There is a website called, “Is this your luggage?” – featuring photos of various bags and suitcases and the purported contents (everything from parkas to bathing suits to underwear).

The website author claims these bags are “lost luggage” that airlines could not reunite with owners and eventually auctioned off. The author claims he buys these cases specifically to photograph the contents for his “weird voyeuristic passion.”

Well – I can’t speak for all carriers, but a very helpful press person over at American Airlines said he’s never heard of any such auctions. He pointed out that the vast majority of bags arrive at their destinations with their owners, but – in those exceedingly rare instances where passengers and bags cannot be reunited, the bags are kept for several months, then sold to a vendor that purchases unclaimed bags in bulk.

By the way, I was told there are occasions when an airline locates a bag — and the owner more or less says, “Keep it.” The person no longer wants the bag! Go figure.

So, who are these vendors of lost luggage? The airlines won’t say – but the Unclaimed Baggage Center of Scottsboro, Alabama sells lost luggage and unclaimed cargo – everything from clothing to cameras, electronics, jewelry, designer optical, and, yes, luggage.

Back to the weird website: the author says he hopes to find the owners of the bags he photographs. Well — if anyone sees a familiar bag -let me know.

Hat tip to Gadling.

One Response to “Friday Folly: Where Does Lost Luggage Go?”

  1. Jeff says:

    One of the most bizarre websties I’ve ever seen.

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