Monday, June 3, 2013

5 unexpected items left on planes by Virgin Atlantic passengers

An artifical limb was left behind on a Virgin Atlantic flight
It’s not uncommon for passengers to leave items behind on their flights. In fact, Virgin Atlantic has revealed that over 12,000 books, 10,500 pairs of reading glasses, and around 5,000 phones are left onboard its aircraft each year.

Of course, these items are quite common, which explains why the volumes are so high. iPods and cameras also rank highly, often found in seatback pockets and overhead lockers. But what about the crazier stuff that passengers have forgotten to take with them?

Well, Virgin Atlantic has surveyed its ground staff with this very question… and the results are quite interesting! Here are the airline’s five favourite oddities:

  • An artificial limb (found on a flight from New York)
  • An urn containing someone’s ashes (found on a flight to Johannesburg)
  • A movie script (found on a flight from Delhi)
  • A wheelchair belonging to Artie from Glee (found on a flight from LA)
  • Seven plastic orange pumpkins and witches broom sticks (found on a flight from Boston)

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"Passengers leave all sorts of items on planes ranging from the predictable to the quite unexpected. I was surprised to find an artificial limb left behind by one of our upper class passengers but was delighted that we were able to re-unite them,” stated Virgin Atlantic Flight Services Manager, Laura Hutcheson.

"Many passengers start their holidays the moment they get on board and when they relax into their adventure they can often forget the basics of checking they don’t leave anything behind. Naturally we remind all passengers to ensure they have their belongings with them but would urge more people heed this advice."

What are your thoughts on the list? Have you ever left something behind on a flight? As always, please feel free to share your comments on the photos here, and you can also get in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ - I look forward to connecting with you!

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