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Airline staffing issues resulting in more lost, unclaimed bags in airports

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The Unclaimed Baggage store in Scottsboro, Alabama, is filled with items from lost or unclaimed luggage. 

“All my friends in school and stuff are so jealous of the entire stuff that I find here,” said shopper Kami Willis.

The whole lot in the shop is from bags that went unclaimed for no less than 90 days. Owner Bryan Owens has run Unclaimed Baggage for some 50 years. He said he often has seen more bags coming in during busy travel periods, but not like this. 

“We’ve more product than ever right away,” Owens said. “Each at unclaimedbaggage.com and in our store.”

Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, Alabama, sells items from lost or unclaimed luggage in airports.
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FlightAware reported that airline staffing issues have sparked a lot of these luggage problems.

Airline staffing issues are causing more delayed or lost bags for travelers.

Airline staffing issues are causing more delayed or lost bags for travelers.
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“With so many missing staff, so many fewer baggage handlers, what’s happening is quite a lot of these items aren’t attending to their destinations,” said FlightAware spokeswoman Kathleen Bangs.

Unclaimed Baggage is getting more luggage from across the U.S., including from the closest major airport in Atlanta.

Unclaimed Baggage is seeing more luggage come in from airports in the U.S.

Unclaimed Baggage is seeing more luggage are available in from airports within the U.S.
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“Hartsfield is actually an enormous airport,” Owens said.

“But, we’re seeing items come to us by the tractor-trailer load every week from all across America.”

Jake Karalexis joined Fox News in 2022 as a multimedia reporter in Seattle.

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