If you travel by air frequently, the chances are that at least once you’ve been left at the carousel waiting for a bag that doesn’t appear. In the vast majority of cases (no pun intended), it’ll turn up within a couple of days, safe and intact.
Inevitably, a few unlucky lost luggage owners are parted from their possessions for good. When airlines are unable to trace these passengers, the items are auctioned off for charity.
But if you thought you’d never see your Hawaiian shorts and favourite bikini again, you could be mistaken. Eccentric Londoner Luna Laboo has just launched a new website which allows users to rifle virtually through the contents of other people’s lost suitcases.
www.isthisyourluggage.com features photographs of luggage purchased by Laboo at auctions. Simply click on each case to see pictures of the items packed inside. “I go to these auctions and buy the cases so I can photograph them for my weird, voyeuristic passion” she openly admits.
According to a report in Travel Daily, Laboo first became fascinated by the subject following the chaotic opening of Heathrow’s terminal 5 in March 2008. She is keen to hear from the original owners of the cases she’s purchased. What isn’t clear is how she would respond if any of these people wanted their things returned.
Perhaps some people will consider this a useful service. Many will be tempted to have a look (I must admit I did), but most travellers will probably feel rather uncomfortable at the possibility of their swimming trunks being photographed and posted online. Do let me know your thoughts on the subject. Do you think it’s just a bit of fun and guilty pleasure, a way of tracking down those things you thought were gone forever, or does it just add insult to injury for a person who’s already fallen victim to airport inefficiency?