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When luggage goes unclaimed, the airlines try to contact the owner and if they haven’t gotten a response after 90 days, the luggage goes to the Unclaimed Baggage Center. Since the center has a deal with all American airlines, literally all of the nation’s unclaimed luggage goes there – to the tune of 7,000 new items a day. This means that the store gets some pretty crazy things. And often these things can generate a lot of money.
Many animals are smuggled in luggage, and some of this luggage goes unclaimed. Lizards, tortoises, and snakes have all been found in the airport or made their way to the Unclaimed Baggage Center. While we don’t know how the snake got in the luggage, the lizard and the tortoises were likely smuggled illegally. This video will show you how these animals were smuggled and what happened to them once they were discovered. Cash and jewelry are also really common unclaimed baggage items. We’ll show you an emerald and a diamond that were found in unclaimed luggage that ended up selling for tens of thousands of dollars. We’ll also tell you about a shopper who bought a Barbie from the Unclaimed Luggage Center only for her daughter to remove the head and find a bunch of money. So you can expect to see all these items alongside other crazy abandoned luggage treasures like a suit of armor, an ancient Egyptian mummy, and a 15-foot rocket.
Is your interest piqued yet? This isn’t even the half of it. Stay tuned to see all the amazing things that turned up in unclaimed luggage.