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丢失的行李的最终归宿

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小编摘要:成千上万的美国人长途旅行后乘飞机回家,但他们的行李并不总是和他们一起回家。航空公司标签识别非常松散,行李去了谁也不知道的地方。

丢失的行李的最终归宿

Millions of Americans return from long-distance trips by air, but their luggage doesn't always come home with them.
Airline identification tags can come loose, and the bags go who-knows-where.
Amazingly, some people never pick up their luggage at airport baggage-claim carousels .
And passengers leave all kinds of things on planes.
The airlines collect the items and, for 90 days, attempt to find their owners. If they have no luck, they are literally left holding the bags of thousands of travelers.
They don't keep them, since they're not in the warehouse business. And by law, they cannot sell the bags, because the airlines might be tempted to deliberately misplace luggage.
So once insurance companies have paid for lost bags and their contents, and they no longer belong to passengers, a unique store in the little town of Scottsboro, Alabama, buys them - sight unseen.
The "Unclaimed Baggage Center," is so popular that the building, which is set up like a department store, is the number-one tourist attraction in all of Alabama.
More than one million visitors stop in each year and take one of the store's squeaky shopping carts on a hunt for treasures.
The Unclaimed Baggage Center displays one-of-a-kind items lost by individual travelers, plus whole racks of identical items found in freight shipments that for some reason never got delivered.
Each day, clerks bring out 7,000 new items, and veteran shoppers rush to paw over them. You can find everything from precious jewels to hockey sticks, best-selling novels, leather jackets, tape recorders, surfboards, even half -used tubes of toothpaste.
That's right - used toothpaste for 50 cents or a dollar.
The store's own laundry washes or dry cleans all the clothes found in luggage, then sells them. Need a wedding dress? There's a selection of beautiful lost and unclaimed ones.
The Unclaimed Baggage Center has found guns, illegal drugs - even a live rattlesnake - inside bags.
The store has a little museum where some of its most unusual acquisitions have been preserved. They include highland bagpipes, a burial mask from an Egyptian pharaoh's tomb, and a medieval suit of armor.
Less than one-half of one percent of luggage checked on U.S. carriers is permanently lost and available to the store. Still, that's a lot of toothpaste and wedding dresses that never made it home.
成千上万的美国人长途旅行后乘飞机回家,但他们的行李并不总是和他们一起回家。
航空公司标签识别非常松散,行李去了谁也不知道的地方。
令人惊讶的是,有些人从来没有在机场的行李旋转传送带上取走自己的行李。
乘客把各种各样的东西遗留在飞机上。
航空公司收集这些东西后试图在90天内找出它们的主人。如果他们运气不佳,从字面上讲他们将为成千上万旅客遗留的行李收拾残局。
他们可不存着这些东西,因为航空公司不是从事仓库生意。而且按照法律,他们也不可能出售这些行李,因为航空公司可能试图故意弄丢行李。
所以一旦保险公司为丢失行李和其中的内容投保,他们就不再属于乘客,阿拉巴马州小镇斯科特斯博洛一家独特的商店看也没看就购买了它们。
“无人认领行李中心“实在太受欢迎了以致于这幢建筑物就像百货商店一样,是阿拉巴马的头号旅游胜地。
每年有超过一百万的游客会往来于此,推着商店嘎嘎作响的购物车开始寻宝之旅。
无人认领行李中心呈现的是独一无二的个人旅行者丢失的物品,再加上整个货架相同的物品,这些东西在货物运输中由于某种原因而从未正常发送。
每一天,职员们会带来7000种新物品,而资深购物者就开始了淘宝之旅。你可以找到珍贵的珠宝、曲棍球球棍、畅销小说、皮夹克、磁带录音机、冲浪板,甚至使用了一半的牙膏等等这样的物品。
没错-使用过的牙膏价格是50美分或1美元。
这家商店自己的洗衣房会洗干净行李中的有衣服,然后进行出售。需要婚纱吗?有一款被人丢失且无人认领的婚纱可供选择。
无人认领行李中心已经发现了枪支,非法毒品,甚至是在内包中的响尾蛇。
这家商店有一个小博物馆,那里保存了一些最不寻常的发现,包括高地风笛、埃及法老陵墓中的面具,还有一件来自中世纪的铠甲。
美国航空公司检查的不到0.5%的行李将永久丢失,而这些商店就将其摆到自己的货架上。仍然有很多牙膏和婚纱礼服无法安然回家。

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2012-03-06 11:57 编辑:pliny
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