Lost Luggage – it comes in all shapes and sizes. From unworn wedding dresses to that lost set of golf clubs, an ancient artifact from Machu Picchu and more – when your luggage never turns up, where does it END up? My first guess might be an obscure loading dock where it waits for years in hopes that someone might claim it before it meets an untimely death in an incinerator. But, as I quickly found out, that couldn’t be farther from the truth – well except for the obscure part.
So where is the final resting place of your lost luggage? As it turns out unclaimed and lost luggage ends up in Scottsboro, Alabama – at the Unclaimed Baggage Center. My first thought? “No way! There is such a place?” Turns out there is, and you can find almost anything there at 50-80% off the original price. According to the Unclaimed Baggage Center clothing accounts for 60% of lost luggage sale items in the store, while electronics, sporting goods, jewelry, glasses and books take up the rest of the shelf space. While most of the items make a great glorified rummage sale, some things can be so noteworthy that people travel across the country to visit the store. What might those things be?
- Egyptian artifacts from 1500 B.C. (including a shrunken head)
- A 40.95 carat emerald (can someone please tell me how this was not reclaimed or placed in a heavily-guarded carry-on)?!
- A 5.8 carat diamond
- A Muppet from the movie Labyrinth.1
Though most items that are lost on a flight are returned to their rightful owners, it is a fact that about 7 of every 1,000 bags are mishandled.2 A travel insurance plan can help with tracking down your delayed or lost luggage and return it to you so that it doesn’t end up being sold in Scottsboro.
Have you ever lost your luggage? If so, what do you miss the most?
2 Department of Transportation