Thursday 30 March 2017

Ashes and pumpkins left on planes

Virgin Atlantic passengers have left many things behind when leaving planes, including an artificial limb
Virgin Atlantic passengers have left many things behind when leaving planes, including an artificial limb

An urn filled with ashes, plastic pumpkins and an artificial limb are some of the unusual items which have been left behind by Virgin Atlantic passengers.

Even celebrities are not immune to losing their property, according to the airline, which said a wheelchair used by Kevin McHale, who plays Artie in Glee, was found on board and returned to its owner.

The most commonly forgotten items are books, with an estimated 12,000 left behind every year.

Virgin Atlantic also finds around 10,500 pairs of glasses and 5,000 mobile phones on planes every year.

Laura Hutcheson, flight services manager at Virgin Atlantic, said: "Passengers leave all sorts of items on planes, ranging from the predictable to the quite unexpected.

"I was surprised to find an artificial limb left behind by one of our upper class passengers but was delighted that we were able to reunite them.

"Many passengers start their holidays the moment they get on board and when they relax into their adventure, they can often forget the basics of checking they don't leave anything behind.

"Naturally, we remind all passengers to ensure they have their belongings with them but would urge more people to heed this advice."

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