May 4, 2021
COVID-19 and travel at SEA Airport
We have all been there before. That moment of panic when you realize you lost something. Did your phone slip out of your pocket as you rushed through the airport to make to your flight? Did you forgot to pick up that bag you set down when printing your boarding pass? You mentally retrace your steps in your mind to figure out where your item could have gone missing or you run back in the hopes of tracking down what was lost.
But all hope is not lost. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Lost and Found office wants to reunite you with your property as soon as possible.
It’s located in the Mezzanine level above checkpoint 3. Use the maps on the SEA Airport App to help you get there.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Lost and Found office and the most common items that are lost at the airport. Plus, a few tips on how to hold on to your items.
Belts, hats, jackets, and sunglasses are the most commonly lost items at the airport.
Here are a few tips:
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you are likely carrying a laptop, cellphone, or tablet to help with the boredom of a long flight. Many times, they are left behind on a table or chair, while passengers wait for their flight or at one of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints.
Pro tip: Slip a business card into your cellphone case or tape it onto the back of your device.
If you’re traveling through the airport in a wheelchair, it’s easy to lose track of your items in the rush. Items commonly left at the airport include a collection of canes, walkers, and car seats. Here’s a great way to use those free return address labels that you keep throwing away.
You won’t have a fun or stylish vacation if you leave your carry-on in the terminal. And there’s nothing worse than attending a business meeting in the clothes that you wore on the plane. One of the more interesting items found recently was a duffle bag packed with pastries. We hope to reunite it with its owner before the sweets become stale.
Pro tip: Buy a luggage tag that will not come off in baggage claim, and don’t rely only on the paper tags issued by the airline. Better yet, buy a smart luggage tracker that helps you locate your luggage using a smart phone. Read a review of smart luggage tracking devices from Travel and Leisure.
Remember, the SEA Lost and Found office will only receive luggage that was lost in the terminal.
If you lost your luggage while in transit, you will need to contact your airlines customer service number and they will be able to guide you through the next steps on how to claim your lost luggage.
Here’s a tip from tripsavvy.com:
"I duct tape a card with my name and address to the inside lid of my backpack and leave a copy of my itinerary and tickets inside in plain sight in the hopes that someone might actually read it if trying to unite me with my bag. To my travel itinerary, I paper clip a sheet with my cell phone number and my home phone and write 'phone number' on it in relevant languages. If your bag is discovered, it's far more likely it'll find its way home to you if it has your details inside."
After parking your car in the second largest parking lot in the world (under one roof), make sure you hold onto your keys. They are often forgotten at TSA security checkpoints and are easy to misplace at the airport. Here are a few ideas for getting your keys back to you quickly.
May 4, 2021
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