Has Anyone Seen My Glass Eye?

Honesty is a value that most employers rate very highly. But staff working at London City Airport must take it to another level. Particularly those working in the airport’s lost property office.

Consider the top three most unusual things that have been handed in there over the years;  €60,000 in cash, a bag of diamonds and a signed blank chequebook!

Based right next door to Canary Wharf, the airport clearly has an above average share of rich passengers. And some pretty forgetful ones too. Included in the top ten list of unusual items were designer watches worth over £10,000 and the keys to a Porsche. (No doubt with the parking ticket left inside as well).

Like any airport, it naturally has its fair share of laptops, mobile phones and ipads being handed in, but a glass eye? Or an artificial skull? We know that bankers are under a lot of strain to manage our money properly, but to forget one’s glass eye does seem, well, weird. (And off-putting when they showed up for the meeting too no doubt).

Their colleagues over at London Transport are more concerned with the quantity of lost items than their quality.  Official figures show that, in the year from April 2015 to March 2016 alone, passengers lost 32,929 mobile phones, 43,377 items of clothing and 43,068 bags. (Interestingly, more than half of all items left behind are on buses).

Rather than paying for extra storage (where would you store 34,428 umbrellas and 35,660 sets of keys?) TfL now waits three months, then auctions off the items, raising more than £2 million in three years.

We do hope the bosses at London City Airport reward their staff well, but as it’s owned by a Canadian-led consortium of pension funds, we suspect they’re the one leaving things behind too.


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