You’re in a rush to get off the plane. You grab your bags, head out the door and dash through immigration and baggage claim to beat the crowd to the taxi stand. You hop in a cab and are off on your way to your hotel – finally, you can relax a little.
You reach into your bag looking for your phone or your wallet, but horror of horrors, you cannot find it. It’s then that you realise there’s only one place your absent object can be – back on the plane.
Any regular traveller is likely to be familiar with the heart-stopping feeling of having lost something on a flight, whether it be a bag, an item of clothing or a handheld device. And the effort required to get that object back can be a whole other world of frustration that, really, you could do without.
Such is the frequency with which travellers leave behind their possessions that some carriers have begun offering dedicated lost and found services. In May 2017, for instance, Hong Kong Airlines launched its online We Found service that helps travellers locate their missing goods and as of February 28, 2018 a total of 2,926 pieces of lost property have been found and recorded.
So, in an effort to help travellers remember to check they have all their belongings before they disembark the plane, Business Traveller asked Hong Kong Airlines what items most frequently appear in their lost and found basket, in the hopes that travellers will pay special attention to these items when they leave the aircraft. Here they are, in no particular order.