Friday, July 31, 2015

By Erin ShieldsU.
S.
News got a behind-the-scenes look at the Transportation Security
Administration’s Lost and Found operation at Washington Dulles
International Airport, and chatted with TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein and
Transportation Security Officer William Covieo to learn more about the
process.
You may be surprised at the sorts of things travelers have abandoned.
Dozens of sunglasses Photo: TSAYou may think only a handful of shades get
left behind at security checkpoints, but think again: it’s more like
dozens daily.
Sunglasses and eyeglasses – scores of them per month – are
among the most common items forgotten at security.
Belts on belts on belts Photo: TSA
Black belts, brown belts, tan belts
– you name it, the TSA Lost and Found office at Dulles had it.
If you’re not in the TSA PreCheck line, you’re required to
remove your belt to pass through security.
Next time, just remember to retrieve it from the bin after your screening.
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remove car keys, house keys and key fobs (not the easiest or cheapest things
to replace) from their pockets to pass through the scanners, and sometimes
forget to pick them up again.
Among the types of car key fobs Covieo has collected at Dulles? Mercedes and
Audi vehicle fobs, which can cost anywhere from $50 to upward of $300 to
replace.

A guitar Photo: TSA
An acoustic guitar, secured tightly in its case,
got separated from its owner at a security checkpoint at Dulles.
Laptops and tabletsYou’re thinking … people forget laptops and
iPads? Are you kidding me? Farbstein explained when fliers are moving quickly
through the security checkpoint they often stack bins on top of one another
and hurriedly return them, forgetting their flat device is in the bottom bin.
A tip? Tape a business card to your laptop or tablet, and that way TSA can
contact you if you’ve left it behind.
A Beatles recordThis unopened vinyl Beatles "Abbey Road" album was abandoned
at a Dulles TSA checkpoint sometime this summer.
A single men’s shoe Photo: TSA
Sometimes clothing items fall out
of carry-ons through security, which may have been the case with this single
black shoe, Farbstein said.
A female Naval captain’s uniform Photo: TSA
A Naval uniform seems
like something that would be sorely missed if left behind at a TSA checkpoint.
It was – its owner reached out to claim it and the uniform is awaiting
pickup, said Coveio.
A brand-new Coach purse Photo: TSA
This Coach purse (most of which retail
for hundreds of dollars) was still in its original bronze box gift wrapping.
Dozens of carry-on bags and backpacksThis furry children’s carry-on
suitcase was just one of several carry-on bags and backpacks that were left at
checkpoints this summer.
CanesSurprisingly common, according to Farbstein, canes of all shapes and
sizes are often left behind at TSA checkpoints.
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You may be surprised at the sorts of things at the TSA's lost and found at
Washington Dulles airport.
.
An acoustic guitar, secured tightly in its case, got separated from its owner
at a security checkpoint at Dulles.
Laptops and tabletsYou’re thinking … people forget laptops and
iPads? Are you kidding me? Farbstein explained when fliers are moving quickly
through the security checkpoint they often stack bins on top of one another
and hurriedly return them, forgetting their flat device is in the bottom bin.
A tip? Tape a business card to your laptop or tablet, and that way TSA can
contact you if you’ve left it behind.
A Beatles recordThis unopened vinyl Beatles "Abbey Road" album was abandoned
at a Dulles TSA checkpoint sometime this summer.
A single men’s shoe Photo: TSA
Sometimes clothing items fall out
of carry-ons through security, which may have been the case with this single
black shoe, Farbstein said.
A female Naval captain’s uniform Photo: TSA
A Naval uniform seems
like something that would be sorely missed if left behind at a TSA checkpoint.
It was – its owner reached out to claim it and the uniform is awaiting
pickup, said Coveio.
A brand-new Coach purse Photo: TSA
This Coach purse (most of which retail
for hundreds of dollars) was still in its original bronze box gift wrapping.
Dozens of carry-on bags and backpacksThis furry children’s carry-on
suitcase was just one of several carry-on bags and backpacks that were left at
checkpoints this summer.
CanesSurprisingly common, according to Farbstein, canes of all shapes and
sizes are often left behind at TSA checkpoints.
A senior moment, perhaps?More from U.
S.
News: How to Fly Through Airport Security
10 Airports with Awesome Amenities
WATCH: Snowmageddon 2015: Cabin Fever
Hits Hard in Greenland
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

You may be surprised at the sorts of things at the TSA's lost and found
at Washington Dulles airport.

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