Aeroplane facts you’ve always been curious about
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What do airlines do with lost luggage?
You can actually buy it. Most airlines allow three months to find the rightful owner of the lost luggage, and then it’s sent to an auction house. In the United States the Unclaimed Baggage Centre is one of the world’s largest lost luggage auction centres. Located in Alabama, the privately-run company purchases the luggage declared lost. While most of the contents are tossed or donated, the remainder is popped onto the store’s shelves, where you can find everything from diamond rings to designer clothing. One time, a 41-carat emerald which was appraised at $35,000 sold for $17,000, according to Travel & Leisure.