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Lost Items While Flying?

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Airport Lost & Found Tips

It's enough to arrive at the airport with enough time to make your flight, standing in line at the security checkpoint, and worrying about whether or not your checked luggage is overweight. Losing something in the airport or leaving something aboard one of your flights will only add stress to your trip.

With so much to think about during your travels, losing a personal item needn't be something that causes you strain. When you realize that you have lost a personal effect in the airport or during your flight, you can save yourself ample time and plenty of effort and stress by knowing exactly what to do. Lost and found is not just for the kindergarten classroom; airports, airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) all have their own missing item recovery services for airline passengers. Its important to know which one of these organizations may have your missing cherished item.

Lost Baggage

The first thing to know is where to look for your lost item. There are three distinct possibilities, depending on where you lost your valuable:

Items Lost in the Terminals & Parking Areas

If you lose an item anywhere in the airport, including the parking garage, but excluding the security checkpoint line, you need to contact the airport lost and found directly. Call the airport asking for the lost and found department and describe to them the item you lost. Airport officials will check to see if the item is in the lost and found. Some airports have an online form you can fill out to locate your lost item at the airport lost and found location. iFly has lost and found contact info for many airports. You can search for your airport and located the 'lost & found' page directly from the iFly homepage.