BWI's lost and found is a treasure trove of expensive electronics and personal items

Everything from $5 pairs of sunglasses to laptops worth thousands pass through airport security checkpoints every day.

And sometimes, in a rush to get to the gate your stuff gets left behind.

We got a look inside the lost and found at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.


Drawers full of cell phones, shelves packed with laptops, drivers’ licenses, keys and more round out BWI’s lost and found. They’re all items left at TSA checkpoints.

If you do leave something behind however, it isn’t lost forever.

“All people have to do is call us and say ‘hey, this is the date I was traveling, this is my airline,’” Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for TSA said. “Then we can pretty much, not all of the time, but pretty gauge which checkpoint they would’ve gone through. Everything is tagged so we know what date and what check so we can try to find it.”

What people can't do is come in and say that they lost a laptop and look through the piles of laptops sitting in the lost and found.

So if you want to make it to your gate with all your stuff it's recommended you stash everything you take out of your pocket in your carry-on.

Our in focus investigators took this one step further. Theygot a behind the scenes look at the items that aren't allowed past security checkpoints.

We take a look at the weapons brought into BWI and voluntarily abandoned. Tune in Wednesday July 2 at 6 p.m. on In Focus.  

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