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Airline staffing issues leading to more lost, unclaimed bags in airports

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

“All my friends at college and stuff are so jealous of all of the stuff that I find here,” said shopper Kami Willis.

Everything in the store is from bags that went unclaimed for at least 90 days. Owner Bryan Owens has run Unclaimed Baggage for some 50 years. He said he frequently has seen more bags coming in during busy travel periods, but not like this. 

“We have more product than ever right now,” Owens said. “Both at unclaimedbaggage.com and in our store.”

Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, Alabama, sells items from lost or unclaimed luggage in airports. (Fox News)

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FlightAware reported that airline staffing issues have sparked many of these luggage problems.

Unclaimed luggage at airport

Airline staffing issues are causing more delayed or lost bags for travelers. (Fox News)

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“With so many missing workers, so many fewer baggage handlers, what’s happening is a lot of these things are not getting to their destinations,” said FlightAware spokeswoman Kathleen Bangs.

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

Airport baggage claim with suitcases

Unclaimed Baggage is seeing more luggage come in from airports in the U.S. (Fox News)

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“Hartsfield is certainly a huge airport,” Owens said.

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

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