October 24, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you've been through security at San Francisco International Airport recently and are missing your sunglasses or laptop, it's probably worth checking in with the Transportation Security Administration.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the TSA has collected about 20,000 items left behind by forgetful or frazzled passengers at SFO so far this year. The items include numerous laptops and sunglasses, but also more unusual things such as the wheelchair that someone presumably used to get to security.
Only 2,000 of those items have been reunited with their owners.
TSA spokesman Nico Melendez says most likely go unclaimed because people don't know when or where they lost them.
The TSA, however, does not hold them forever. Laptops are eventually scrubbed of their data and sold. Less expensive items are donated to a state agency.