What’s in the lost and found at Pearson Airport in Mississauga Ontario?

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Published December 30, 2023 at 8:25 pm

27,500 items lost at Pearson Airport in Mississauga in 2023
Luggage, phones, laptops and keys were among more than 27,500 items lost by travellers at Pearson Airport in Mississauga in 2023. (Photo: Pearson Airport)

If you can think of a personal possession that you’d be lost without, chances are numerous travellers lost just that item of their own in the past year at Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

The good news, though, for many of those travellers is that more than half of the roughly 27,500 lost keys, phones, laptops and other items at Pearson in 2023 were eventually returned to their owners, according to airport officials.

In a post to social media today, Pearson Airport officials said their “lost and found” team has recovered more than 27,500 lost items to date this year.

“Happily, we’ve been able to successfully reunite over half the items with their owners,” officials said, adding the most forgotten/lost objects by passengers at Pearson are laptops, cellphones, chargers, tablets, keys and “believe it or not, carry-on luggage.”

Airport officials note that misplacing items while travelling can happen to anyone.

“You may have been there before – buckled into your seat on the plane, thinking about the journey that awaits you, when you realize you’ve forgotten an item at the airport,” Pearson officials said in their post to X.

“Was it the bag you set down when printing your boarding pass? The phone charger you plugged in? Or was it the laptop you brought to get some last-minute work done? Forgetting items can happen to the best of us when travelling gets hectic.”

Travellers who lose items at Pearson should visit the lost and found office in Terminal 1 or submit a report online, officials say.

“If we’re able to find it for you, we’ll keep it for 30 days from the date they are turned in. Most items not claimed after 30 days are either donated or salvaged.”

Some of the busiest travel days of the year at Pearson fall during the week leading up to and including Christmas Day, when some 150,000 people each day pass through the airport.

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