What happens to your lost items at the airport?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – You’re headed for a fishing trip or some other destination but somewhere between security and your gate, you end up with a departure you didn’t bargain for.

“There’s a good opportunity for items to be left,” says Dayton International Airport Spokesperson Linda Hughes.

Those items end up inside cabinets at the Dayton International Airport’s Police Department. Under a new law passed by City Commissioners they’ll only stay for so long.

“After 90 days we can turn it over to any charitable organization,” Hughes says.

Many of the items left behind at the airport are basics like coats, glasses or belts, but sometimes you come across some strange ones.

Among the lost and found are a straw hat, a Navy recruit training manual and even the catch of the day from that fishing trip, a rod.

“I think the strangest thing I saw is a shoe and I assume it fell out of their suitcase and not one they forgot to put back on,” Hughes says.

The cabinets also include a few things you’d think people would know they’re missing like a laptop, an Oklahoma driver’s license and even a birth certificate.

If you think you left something behind all you have to do is call the airport or send an email.

“We’ll get back to them one way or another to the status of our search,” Hughes says.

The airport has one type of item it always holds onto, keys.

“We never throw those away or give those away in the hope somebody will comeback and ask for them,” Hughes says.

But for anything else, the days are now numbered before it’s thrown out or donated.

“Be mindful of your items as you go through the security checkpoint as you’re traveling.

If you forget your item on the plane it goes to the airline and you’ll have to talk with them about getting it back.

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