Friday, July 17, 2015

The LAX Auctions

Los Angeles International Airport (FAA LID: LAX) is the primary airport serving the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second-most populated metropolitan area in the US. LAX is located in southwestern Los Angeles along the Pacific coast, 16 miles (26 km) from Los Angeles.

In 2014, LAX handled 70,622,212 passengers.
Luggage that has been lost and was never reunited with its owner after arriving at LAX goes up for auction in terminal 4. Luggage auctioned off may not have originated at LAX nor was it intended to arrive at LAX, but the suitcases ended up there. This happens when tags and identification are missing from the luggage pieces.
The LAX baggage auction is one of the largest baggage auctions in the United States. The luggage auctions are held once a year and include luggage from not only LAX but also luggage found at other area airports and lost and found items left inside local airports.
In any given month 154 laptops, 98 cellphones, 18 iPads and 32 wallets will be found among the thousands of items passengers have left at security checkpoints.

Only 10 to 20 percent of the 3,700 items that TSA agents collect at LAX monthly will be reclaimed. Lost items officially become the property of the federal government after 30 days.