This is one way to ensure you never lose your laptop at the airport (because, apparently, a LOT of people do)
Have you ever walked out of an airport with fewer items than you walked in with? Apparently, losing stuff – even expensive stuff like laptops – at TSA is an all too common occurrence.
The TSA posted an Instagram photo from Newark International Airport featuring dozens of laptops stacked on top of one another, all of which were recovered in the last month.
"The most common way laptops are forgotten is when travelers stack a bin on top of the bin their laptop is in," they wrote in the helpful post.
Oh. That’ll definitely make us think twice as we’re rushing to stack bins at the end of the checkpoint.
Missing something? These are all laptops that were left behind at Newark (EWR) checkpoints in November. When a laptop is left behind, it’s recorded in the lost and found log at the airport and stored in a secure location. If you leave a laptop (or anything else) behind, you can access a list of lost and found phone numbers for each airport at TSA.gov, or you can reach out to our AskTSA team via Twitter or Facebook Messenger. The most common way laptops are forgotten is when traveler’s stack a bin on top of the bin their laptop is in. Out of sight out of mind… If you haven’t already, tape a business card or a piece of paper with your name and contact info to the bottom of your laptop. This will allow us to attempt to contact you via a page or phone call before you board your flight. It will also allow us to contact you if you’ve already left. #TSATravelTips
A photo posted by TSA (@tsa) on Dec 3, 2016 at 1:41pm PST
According to the TSA, losing a laptop at the security checkpoint is an all-too-common occurrence, but there are ways to make it easier for TSA to return your items to you. For example, they suggest you tape a sticky note or business card to the bottom of your laptop with your information.
“This will allow us to attempt to contact you via a page or phone call before you board your flight. It will also allow us to contact you if you’ve already left,” the TSA says.
And because technology is awesome, you can always tweet TSA to let them know you’ve lost something. Who would have thought finding lost items didn’t have to be a hassle?