Super Bowl Means Super-Sized Lost and Found at MSP

February 01, 2018 05:53 PM

At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration isn't just gearing up for hordes of Super Bowl travelers.

They're getting ready for an astronomical amount of lost-and-found items as well.


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"I believe we are going to double or triple the amount of items, since we're basically doubling or tripling the amount of passengers coming through here," TSA administrative assistant Chris Stanton said.

Stanton works deep in the bowels of MSP, surrounded by items passengers left behind.

"We've got, for instance, people's keys," he said, sliding open a drawer full of them.

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And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

There's also a wall of various items dropped into 31 bins - each numbered for a different day of the month. That's in addition to laptops, a giant stack of IDs and even suitcases loaded with clothes.

If something is left behind at security over Super Bowl weekend, the TSA will keep it at the security checkpoint for the day. From there, it's brought to Stanton's office, where it will be held for 30 days.

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If it's not claimed within that time, nearly everything is donated.

Stanton said a good way to avoid losing items is to put a name and number on anything brought to the airport, especially valuables.

That way when it gets to him, he can call the owner.

"We don't want it," he laughed.


Josh Rosenthal

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