Leaving items on a plane is not a good way to begin a business or holiday trip. However, if you act fast, there is a good chance you will get your belongings back. There are various things you can try to attempt to reclaim lost items. Hopefully, one of these will reunite you with your property.
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Search online via Google, Bing, Yahoo -- or other search engine -- for the website of the relevant airline company. Go to the website home page. Type “lost property” into the search box or look through the tabs and menus provided to locate “lost property advice” or similar.
Note that items found on planes are kept for a finite period of time. Virgin Atlantic, for example, keeps items for a generous period of a month, except for perishable items. EasyJet retains lost property at Gatwick Airport only for twenty-four hours, and for five days at all other airports. After that, it is sent to a central department.
Email or telephone the lost property department of the airport where your plane landed -- advises Virgin Atlantic -- and give them as much relevant information as possible. British Airways has similar advice for their passengers. EasyJet stresses you must get in touch with them quickly. If you follow the procedure of the airline you used, there is a strong likelihood that your item will be returned to you via post or courier. There may be a charge for this service.
Complete Airlinelostproperty.com’s form, giving your contact details, flight information and a description of the lost item, if direct contact with the airline proves unsuccessful. See link in Resources. Further, search Missingx.com’s website for items left at various airports. See link in Resources. Items are categorised clearly and there are 38 pages of items, as of June 2013.
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