Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Flyers leave crores of baggage behind

Believe it or not, but harried air passengers have left behind luggage worth Rs102 crore at 55 airports across the country in less than four years. Even more intriguing is the fact that baggage worth Rs28 crore, that is only a quarter of the total amount, was reclaimed by passengers.

Given the huge numbers, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that secures these airports is hard put to return the forgotten luggage to the rightful owners.

Blame it on stressful lifestyles or sheer forgetfulness, but the trend of forgetting baggage at airports is on the rise and has forced the paramilitary to introduce a “lost-and-found” option on its official website to help flyers track their lost items.

CISF spokesperson Hemendra Singh said, “It’s really surprising as most of the fliers never come back to reclaim the belongings which they forgot to take along while leaving the airport.”

The CISF data clearly suggests a steady rise in both, the number of items left behind by passengers and their value in terms of money over the last few years.

The forgotten luggage and valuables include high-end mobile phones and sunglasses, iPads, laptops, cameras, wallets, expensive jewellery, clothing, and sports gear among others.
29/12/15 Daily Pioneer
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