News. Media Centre.
Latest news from London City Airport

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

27/05/2013
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.

Search news stories

Get in touch.

For more on media relations.

For enquiries regarding specific flights, routes or aircraft please contact the airline directly.

Picture of Jeremy

Jeremy Probert
Corporate Communications Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 7646 0132

Email Jeremy directly Grey arrow pointing right
Dotted page break
Picture of Charlotte

Charlotte Beeching
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)20 7646 0132

 

Email Charlotte directly Grey arrow pointing right

Out of hours urgent media enquiries only: 07747 103 884 / 07798 708 163

Please note - the press office does not deal with marketing, advertising or sponsorship. Please contact the switchboard on 0207 646 0000/88 and ask for the relevant department.

LCY Tweets

@TOWIWoolwich that's great news, thanks for booking with us and choosing to fly through London City Airport.
@GMackenze we believe it's a result of the knock-on effect caused by this mornings bad weather,but you should confirm this with your airline
@TOWIWoolwich it's all based on live availability so unfortunately seats cannot be guaranteed until payment has been made.
@TOWIWoolwich Hi we can see sales going through, if you are still having issues please call 0844 245 2102 . Sorry for any inconvenience.
Aurigny launches London City to Guernsey service, to see timetables and to book visit http://t.co/2gHneh9Z8c
Flybe to provide continuity on vital link to Aberdeen, find out more http://t.co/8jzBDXgkHs.
@philretsas Hi please contact your airline as they will have the latest information, see their contact details here http://t.co/nyCF2X05a6
RT @cityjet: Due to Thunderstorms in the Amsterdam area we are experiencing some disruption to our @londonCityAir network this morning.
@deplanque Hi we have sent your tweet onto the terminal team for action. Thank you for your feedback.
@Hayley_Spicer hi we're are sorry to hear this. If you would like to send the details to online@lcy.co.uk we would appreciate it.
WHSmith Bookstore: “What do highly successful communicators know that the rest of us don't?” Want to find out more?: http://t.co/yLLDh3rpVD
@sarahecullen80 @cityjet @AerLingus ...you will need your baggage claim number.
@sarahecullen80 @cityjet @AerLingus Cityjets lost baggage number is UK: 020 76 60 60 60 Ireland: 01 525 1823...
@sarahecullen80 hi sorry for the delay, of you need any assistance let is know.
Do you get bored whilst travelling? Need some entertainment? Check out the latest books: http://t.co/yLLDh3rpVD
The Isla Blanca is the birthplace of rave – white-sand beaches and world-renowned clubs. Read more about #Ibiza: http://t.co/zX8OYYO6kO
There’s only one place to go in Europe if you plan to combine sunshine with some serious partying… #Ibiza. Learn more http://t.co/4Q9FePu8t4
@JamesAHay Have a great weekend in Switzerland, James.
@ErikMoralesMdo Hi Erik, if you would like to contact us, you can do so by emailing online@lcy.co.uk - thanks.
@Bars_Sound Apologies about the trolleys. Glad you are pleased with the power outlets though. Have a great trip and a wonderful weekend.
LCY Leisure guide

LCY Leisure Guide.

Plan & book your trip grey arrow

Calendar icon

Book your holiday.

Click here now. grey arrow

Aircraft icon

Discover europe

Find out more. grey arrow

Follow Us Facebook Twitter Twitter icon Google+ YouTube icon Youtube Flickr icon Flickr

Sign up. For news on competitions, new routes and articles. Be the first to know with our newsletter.