You would not believe the stuff people leave behind during their travels. Whether it's a phone charger at the airport, clean underwear in the hotel, or something more valuable like money or jewelry, it happens - a lot..
Gary Stoller of USA Today Travel reports that "travelers annually leave millions of personally important items such as wallets, keys, cellphones and eyeglasses behind in hotels, airports, airplanes and rental cars ... everything from passports to false teeth."
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Here's an excerpt from his article:
Southwest Airlines, which carried 88 million passengers last year, reported the largest number. The airline takes possession of up to 10,000 items a month that are left behind at airports and in planes, says spokeswoman Katie McDonald.
Books, cellphones, clothing and reading glasses are the most common items left behind, she says.
The most valuable items? A $10,000 diamond engagement ring, an NFL Super Bowl ring and professional video equipment — which all were returned to their owners.
So remember! You might be travel weary and in a rush to get where you're going, but take a moment and collect yourself and your belongings. It's worth it!
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