The most popular lost item at East Midlands Airport is unsurprisingly, jewellery, but it is definitely not the strangest item left behind at the site, that’s for sure!
Clothing, bags and glasses are among some of the more common items left behind last year, but also almost 200 Kindles, iPads and other tablet devices were left as well as 167 mobile phones. There were close to 3633 unclaimed items in lost property in just the second half of 2018. Furthermore, since the turn of the year, EMA have amassed another 568 items in its lost property drawers.
Andy Tyler-Smith, EMA’s security and operations director, said: “We can easily understand how and why possessions are left behind. But it’s surprising how many people don’t try and retrieve them.
“Our message to passengers is simple. Travel light – avoid bringing belongings that aren’t necessary for your journey and check the trays after you have been through security.
“If you think you have left something at the airport, please do get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help you find lost items.”
However at the more surprising end of items lost at East Midlands Airport, 217 belts were found at the airport in 2018; we assumed these were dumped by passengers who were looking to shave minutes off the security process?!
Another reason for abandoning these supposedly vital items (to prevent pulling your trousers up every 5 minutes) seems to be passengers forgetting them in the trays provided at the beginning of security which seems to be one of the most common places for passengers to forget belongings. In addition to this, airport staff also find many items at the on-site restaurants and bars.
One stand-out item is a Swiss-made gold watch which is likely to be of high significant monetary and personal value to one passenger who was presented in recognition of 25 years’ service at a local employer.
If attempts to reunite passengers with items are unsuccessful, the lost property is donated to charities such as the British Heart Foundation and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. Items are often auctioned off, with the proceeds going to children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, which the airport supports.