Behind the scenes at OIA lost and found

Last year, the lost-and-found office at Orlando International Airport took in 54,380 items -- and returned 55% of them. Ron Lewis, director of airport operations for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, says it is "amazing" what travelers can lose: a wedding dress, a set of car tires, a $28,000 watch. The passenger screening area is one of the busiest sources for the lost-and-found department. "I guess they close their laptop, put it on the [Transportation Security Administration screening] belt and walk away," Lewis says of absentminded passengers. The airport will hold an item for 60 days; if no one claims it, the item goes to auction.

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