Remember the Lost & Found office at your school? If you ever visited such a room, then you know how many thinks people leave behind. Umbrellas, scarves, headphones, gloves, are some of the most common stuff you can find lying around the office.
But, have you ever wondered what winds up in an airport’s Lost & Found office? A TSA officer from Newark’s Liberty International Airport was kind enough to answer that question for us. So, apart from the usual items that people left behind when waiting for their flights, the office holds not one but 70 laptops.
In a room that’s no larger than a kitchen’s pantry, the diligent TSA officers stacked all the laptops recovered from the waiting room. While some of them are outdated and were probably left behind on purpose, some of them are brand new and very expensive.
So, along with some outdated Intel Pentium 4s, there are a couple of Macbooks and even Microsoft Surface Pro laptops. And get this – if you thought that the seventy laptops that collect dust in Newark Airport’s Lost & Found office were retrieved over a long period, then you’re wrong!
According to the TSA officer who showed us the forlorn laptops, these were retrieved in the last two months! One can only imagine how many people lose their gadgets over the year.
While talking with the friendly TSA officer, we’ve asked about what they do when someone loses such a precious item. The officer said that most of the laptops found inside the airport make it back to their owners because they have name tags or something similar. They simply call the owner and return the device.
However, is some cases, 70 to be exactly, the TSA personnel is unable to reunite man and laptop since the device or devices don’t have any tags. Probably the best way to return the item is to review the tape in the hope that the owner might show up.
But this rarely happens. And so, the abandoned laptops end up on a shelf in the airport’s Lost & Found office, waiting for its master to return. The TSA officers simply attach a tag to each retrieved device and lock up the room.
So, a word of advice – we know you like to travel and that sometimes you have to take the work with you. Even if you’re in a hurry, please don’t leave your laptop behind.
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