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Dublin Airport Or Aladdin's Cave

 

Updated : Jul 14, 2009

VeryhappyPig brought you news of the weird and wonderful things left behind in college dorms recently, but it seems the airport can eclipse the Universities in terms of lost and found items.

Passengers at Dublin Airport have left behind crutches, satellite dishes, cremation urns, scores of mobile phones -- and even a headstone.

The airport has a treasure trove of everyday lost and found items, such as keys and passports, to the truly bizarre, like a wedding dress and engraved headstone.

Sergeant Pat Brown, from the Airport Police, manages this mysterious store which takes up three full rooms.

All the items are held for collection by their owners for three months and a day, and are then sold off in an annual charity auction.

"It's an Aladdin's Cave in here," Sgt Brown said.

"There are loads of buggies and bags which would have been left behind or unattended."

Lying on the floor of the Lost Property section after the first two weeks in July are 20 bags of luggage, which police say might have been abandoned because they were overweight for the flight and were deliberately left behind.

A small headstone once arrived into the office with the inscription "You will always be remembered, never forgotten," said Sgt Brown.

"Three years ago we had the cremated ashes of a person here, but they were collected the following day."

Colleague John Redmond said: "Another urn was left at the tourist information desk, and it was left with us approximately three weeks before the owner rang up.

"Another time a wedding dress and a suit were left here for four days and a girl rang up in a panic looking for her dress."

In April alone, the airport police estimate that they picked up about 50 mobile phones.

Sgt Brown insisted that "without exception anything that's found, unless its perishable, we keep. Even rocks from the beach are held in Lost and Found.

"The larger cash amounts are kept in a safe until the owner comes equipped with flight tickets, ID cards or anything else that could give clues or prove ownership."

Sgt Brown said a plastic bag with €5,000 cash in it was found one day, as was a wallet containing €1,000.

Airport Authority spokesperson Siobhan Moore said: "People are carrying that amount of money on long-haul flights.

"Even smaller, less valuable items -- such as sunglasses, brollies, trouser belts, and straw hats -- are documented and kept for the required period."

Sgt Brown added: "We hold the auction among the staff, and this year it's for our chosen charity Irish Autism Action.

"Any duty free which is found, such as bottles of liquor or tobacco, go to the Mansion House for the Lord Mayor's Christmas Party for elderly people."

Anyone who suspects they have lost property at Dublin Airport can log onto www.dublinairport.com to leave a description of their precious item.

 

 

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