Airports, airlines work hard to return abandoned items

Published: Mar. 1, 2018 at 7:49 AM CST
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If you've ever been through airport security, then you know how easy it can be to forget things in the bins.

Eisenhower National Airport returns about 35 percent of the items they find around airport property. It's one of the easiest places to lose some items.

People often forget their shoes, cell phones, laptops and neck pillows.

"We get a lot of any type of clothing you can imagine. We get a lot of shoes. Sometimes one shoe, sometimes both shoes. We’ve had bikes, bowling balls anything that you take to the airport with you, we’ve had left. We get a lot of computers, a lot of cell phones, wallets, little bit of everything," says Dep. Chief Jason Jones.

Airport police told Eyewitness News that they get anywhere from 75 to 120 items each month.

Some of those things can be returned if they have contact information for the owner. For some items that can't be returned, instead of holding them, airport security will destroy the items instead.

"With computers nowadays, there's so much personal information on it. We don't want that getting out to just anyone so instead of just trying to wipe the computers, if we can't return them to the owners, we feel that it's best to destroy them and dispose of them properly," says Jones.

If you've visited the airport in the past 90 days and believe you left something, contact the airport by calling (316) 946-4740 or if left something on a plane contact the airline.