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Diamonds, Designer Watches and Dentures Inside Lost Property at London’s Business Airport

Where can you find £50,000 in cash, a bag of diamonds, a Rolex watch, the key to a Porsche, and a book of signed blank cheques?  Aside from Simon Cowell’s house… these are all items from the Lost Property department at London City Airport.

The popular European gateway has published Top Tens of the most unusual and the most common items left at the airport, to encourage people to take extra care of their belongings when they travel.  

Adult toys, false teeth, a glass eye and an artificial skull all feature on the unusual chart, while the most common items include ipads, mobile phones and laptops.

Darren Grover, Chief Operating Officer at London City Airport said:  “Because LCY is so close to central London it is popular with business travellers and celebrities, so we see more than our fair share of valuable items left in Departures.  As summer approaches we’ve published the Top Tens to help travellers avoid that stomach-churning feeling you get when you realise you’ve lost something.  I imagine the person who left the £50,000 felt particularly sick at that moment.”  

The airport’s location so close to central London and its quick check-in times makes it popular with travellers wanting speed and privacy. Customers include members of the royal family, British Prime Ministers, high profile sportspeople, and well-known musicians.

One item where the owner was easily tracked down was an achievement award presented to a British Olympian.    

“The award had the athlete’s name etched on it so was quickly returned to its rightful owner,” added Mr Grover.  “The £50,000 cash was also claimed, but the owner of the false teeth never did come forward.  Our advice to travellers is to take care when moving around the airport as things can easily get left behind.  Going through security is a key time to make sure you’ve collected everything that passed through the x-ray scanners, and again before you head to the departure gate.”

Top Ten Unusual Things Left at the Airport
  1. £50,000 cash
  2. Bag of diamonds
  3. Signed blank chequebook
  4. Adult toys
  5. Artificial skull
  6. Glass eye
  7. False teeth
  8. Wigs
  9. Designer watches worth £10,000+
  10. Adult magazines

Top Ten Most Common Items Left at the Airport
  1. Belts
  2. Items of clothing
  3. Mobile phones
  4. Ipads
  5. Umbrellas
  6. Cameras
  7. Kindles
  8. Car keys
  9. Laptops
  10. Shoes

Editors note

London City Airport (LCY) is the only London airport situated in London itself, just three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from London’s West End and linked to all via the Docklands Light Railway. Catering for over 3 million passengers and 70,000 movements annually, in 2012 LCY celebrated its millionth flight, 36 millionth passenger and 25 years of operation.

LCY offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in, door to lounge, and a shorter arrival, tarmac to train.  11 airlines fly out of LCY, serving 47 destinations, eight of which were new for 2012, with six further announced in 2013.  The airport has permission to increase its operation to 120,000 movements per annum, which it intends to do by 2023.  Further information about the airport and its services can be found by viewing our website.

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