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Erika Owen
December 09, 2016

So, you're sitting on your flight that's about to take off when you realize you left your watch or phone or even laptop at the airport security checkpoint.

Agents are trained to deal with forgotten property, but the thought of reclaiming a forgotten item can be daunting.

However, the Transportation Security Administration has a helpful lost and found directory that will give you contact information for the airport where you left your item. The contact info can also be useful for tracking down anything missing from checked baggage.

You can only prepare so much for the hustle and bustle of people trying to catch flights, especially when most people's thoughts are dwelling on holiday gifts that still need to be bought. Even frequent fliers can be forgiven for misplacing their belongings when they're just trying to get on with their trip.

Next time you forget something valuable at the airport, take solace in knowing you're not the only one scrambling to get back that work computer.

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