Amazing things found in abandoned luggage are not your typical finds like designer purses and expensive watches, these are rare items like one-of-a-kind movie props, ancient artifacts, and large sums of cash. So forget that iPad you left in the seat back pocket, or that favorite pair of jeans in your luggage that never arrived. These amazing things found in abandoned luggage are the items we could only dream about having, even for a split second before they were swallowed up by air travel.
From the Hoggle movie prop from Labyrinth to 13th century bronze plaques, to an eight-foot remote controlled airplane, the unique items found in lost luggage are about as unpredictable as can be. Antique items like a 1770s violin, a 10-foot Tibetan dung chen and Egyptian artifacts, complete with a shrunken head, are just a few of the old items found in abandoned luggage.
But there’s so much more than just old things found in lost luggage. There have been some extremely weird things that have turned up as well, like a Barbie doll stuffed with cash, 300 tortoises, a live rattlesnake, and no less than 50 vacuum-packed frogs. Of course plenty of illegal goods have been found as well, such as the five pounds of cocaine that were discovered stuffed in tennis shoes at JFK Airport in 2011.
These obscure items were all found in lost or abandoned bags at airports around the world, or at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. Bags that go unclaimed after 90 days are sold by airlines and sent to this massive compound in the south where the items within are sorted, cleaned, and resold at prices 30-80% below retail. You may be able to find some gently used clothing, electronics, and of course top luggage at this 40,000 square foot store but don’t expect many of these amazing things to be up for sale. The Unclaimed Baggage Center also houses a museum which displays all of these oddities for visitors.
$1 Million Dollars
Because it would be so last season to carry a mummified falcon and some shrunken heads in an off-brand suitcase, these ancient Egyptian artifacts were discovered in a Gucci case sometime in the 1980s.
The famous Christie’s auction house nabbed these 1500 BC finds and sold them to the highest bidder.
Because it would be insane to put them all in one suitcase, authorities in Malaysia found no less than 300 rare, live tortoises and a bunch of drugs in two suitcases on a flight bound for Madagascar.
Like drugs, the tortoises are worth a boat-load of money and are often traded illegally around the world.
Hoggle from Labyrinth
Barbie Doll Stuffed With Money
Traditional Chinese Dragon Kite
Naval Guidance System
13th Century Bronze Plaques
Suit of Armor
To be honest, this was not an authentic suit of armor that was found in unclaimed luggage, but still, having any suit of armor makes you infinitely cooler than anyone without a suit of armor.
Losing your suit of armor while flying? Not cool, dude.
Tibetan 10′ Dung Chen
Chinese “Opium” Scales
Remote Controlled 8′ Model Airplane
Believed to have been assembled from a kit, this remote controlled model airplane measuring 5′ x 8′ was traveling with college engineering students when it went missing and was ultimately unclaimed.
Try explaining losing an airplane on an airplane to your professor.