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Travel Tip: Lost and Found

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Let’s face it, there’s really nothing more annoying than losing your stuff on the road.

A good Samaritan might help reunite you with your lost items, especially if they’re clearly tagged.

Delta even has an app that lets you track your checked luggage.

If you lose something in a hotel, airport, cab, or other public place, check a site called Chargerback. It’s an online database of found items, and they can help reunite you for a fee.

Now the reality is, not everyone gets their things back. It may seem like bad karma, but you can take advantage of that: The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, sells items from unclaimed suitcases and cargo.

It’s a 40,000-square-foot facility, and you have to see it to believe it.

Ever wonder what happens to items confiscated by the TSA? The Austin Storefront in Texas and the Surplus Store in Tumwater, Washington, both sell items from nearby airports.

Items left behind at LaGuardia airport are often on sale at a site called, which has four warehouses filled with everything from electronics to knives to jewelry.

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