Weird forgotten items on flights

2013-08-23 14:57

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A live parrot, a glass eye and a bag of sand are just a few of the many bizarre items left behind on planes each year, according to our survey of 700 international cabin crew.

A recent survey by Skyscanner revealed an extensive list of items found on flights by cabin crew after passengers disembarked. Animals and birds account for several of the more unusual items, including a falcon, frog, tortoise, and a (live) parrot.

Dentures, underwear, a glass eye and a prosthetic leg were also on the long list of weird and wonderful items abandoned at the end of a flight. Other random curiosities discovered include a single egg (without packaging), a bag of sand, and a written marriage proposal. Whether the latter was intended for a cabin crew member or a passenger is unclear. And let's hope the wedding dress left in the overhead locker found its owner before the big day.

When it comes to the more regular travel essentials, it seems that passengers are no less forgetful.

Almost a quarter (24%) of crew have found a lost passport on board, which is even higher than the number of phones (23%) and books (21%) left behind.

Here are just some of the most random items that cabin crew have found on a plane:

- Live parrot
- Glass eye
- Prosthetic leg
- A bag of sand
- A clog
- Box of dried fish
- One shoe
- Wedding dress
- Bag of diamonds
- Wig
- Bag of onions
- Toupee
- Handcuffs
- Double bass
- One egg (without packaging)
- Frog
- Underwear
- Written marriage proposal

Skyscanner conducted a survey of 700 cabin crew from 83 countries through

Read more on:    flights  |  air travel  |  travel  |  travel international

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.