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11 Wild Things Left Behind at TSA Checkpoints in Dulles Airport

You may be surprised at the sorts of items travelers have abandoned. 

U.S. News & World Report

11 Wild Things Left Behind at TSA Checkpoints in Dulles Airport

Strange items found by TSA at Dulles Airport – TSA Logo
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A look at the TSA’s Lost and Found.

U.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. 

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security
Strange items found by TSA at Dulles Airport – Glasses
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Dozens of sunglasses

You 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.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

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A look at the TSA’s Lost and Found.

U.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. 

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

Dozens of sunglasses

You 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.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

Belts on belts on belts

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.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

Keys

Passengers 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.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

A guitar

An acoustic guitar, secured tightly in its case, got separated from its owner at a security checkpoint at Dulles.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

Laptops and tablets

You'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, that way TSA can contact you if you've left it behind.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

A Beatles record

This unopened vinyl Beatles "Abbey Road" album was abandoned at a Dulles TSA checkpoint sometime this summer.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

A single men's shoe

Sometimes clothing items fall out of carry-ons through security, which may have been the case with this single black shoe, Farbstein said.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

A female Naval captain's uniform

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.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

A brand-new Coach purse

This Coach purse (most of which retail for hundreds of dollars) was still in its original bronze box gift wrapping. 

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Dozens of carry-on bags and backpacks

This furry children's carry-on suitcase was just one of several carry-on bags and backpacks that were left at checkpoints this summer.

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security

Canes

Surprisingly common, according to Farbstein, canes of all shapes and sizes are often left behind at TSA checkpoints. A senior moment, perhaps?

Read more: 7 Things TSA Wants You to Know About Airport Security
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