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What Happens to Stuff You Forget on the Plane

Kim Kardashian was lucky when she recovered the passport she left on the plane in South Africa last month, but most travelers aren't so fortunate in retrieving their forgotten valuables. If you've ever left something on the plane and wondered what happened to it, chances are it didn't end up in a black hole or even in someone else's possession; it's probably in the airline's lost and found warehouse.

Southwest has a warehouse where it collects all the stuff passengers forget, including coats, books, car seats, electronics (they find about five iPods every day), hundreds of cell phones, and the number one forgotten item — sunglasses. The warehouse estimates that 120,000 items come through every year, and only 10 percent of the belongings find their way back to their owners because few passengers call to track down lost items. After a few months, items are donated to the Salvation Army. Check out Southwest's enormous lost and found in the video below.

Source: Flickr User aaronescobar

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