Lingerie, wine among 4,000 items dumped by flyers since January 1

LUCKNOW: From lacy lingerie and handcuffs, to designer wedding shoes, wine bottles and sundry other items worth crores lie with the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Some 4,689 such items worth crores have been found at airport terminals or in aircraft across the country since January 1.
For instance, on Friday, airport staff in Jaipur found women innerwear from a Norwegian international brand, while a few days ago the Kolkata airport staff found exotic leather jackets, traditional kurtas and cosmetics. A few weeks ago in Bhubaneswar, staff found groom’s wedding shoes and Chennai airport even found a guitar, apart from liquor crates, cigarettes, handcuffs and a laser light. Airport of Guwahati found an Army uniform, a compass and surgical gown. Lucknow’s Amausi airport has recently added a pair of binoculars in its lost and found catalogue.
However, the most found items were mobile phones, powerbanks, laptops, earphones, wristwatches, data cable, Wi-Fi dongle, trimmer, thermometer, trolley bag, purse, anklet, ring, umbrella, bat, badminton, pressure cooker, insulin, lunch box, shampoo, sleeping bag and car keys.
Talking to TOI, assistant general manager (operation) of Amausi airport, Nitin Kadiyan said, “For perishable items we wait for 48 hours and then dispose it, but for others we wait for 90 days after the item is found. If the owner of the item fails to appear to claim his/her belongings in the given period, we auction it as per government guidelines.”
According to AAI guidelines, to claim lost property, the owner should have a copy of boarding pass/proof of journey and details of items being claimed.

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