LAX Loses Over A Thousand Laptops A Week, Survey Says

July 8, 2009

California (ChattahBox) – A new survey has found that an incredible 1500 laptops are lost at LAX every week, in one of the most expensive airport luggage faux pas in the country.

According to the story originally published by LA Weekly, the amount is mostly due to the large number of panicked fliers who arrive within 30 minutes of their flight, and attempt to rush through all security checkpoints.

It apparently isn’t just laptops that are left. Various electronic devices, such as cell phones, are another commonly lost item at LAX, as are apparel items like jewelry, belts, and even cufflinks.

It just goes to show that if you are traveling light you should make sure it is on purpose, and not because you lost your luggage half-way through the airport.


One Response to “LAX Loses Over A Thousand Laptops A Week, Survey Says”

  1. Nico Melendez on July 9th, 2009 12:28 am

    Ponemon Institute released a non-scientific study, commissioned by Dell, stating that up to 12,000 laptops are lost weekly and 600,000 lost annually in U.S. airports. The number of laptops was derived from everywhere in the airport environment and do not include passengers that were reunited with their property. The study was done by extrapolating data from informal interviews at 106 airports.

    The non-scientific study’s data does not accurately reflect laptops lost at TSA checkpoints and includes laptops lost anywhere in the airport environment including airline ticket counters, terminals and gates.

    On average, TSA receives approximately 75 lost or missing laptop claims each month, nationwide.

    The non-scientific study’s numbers do not include passengers that were reunited with their property.

    TSA makes several efforts to reunite passengers with property left at the checkpoint. These efforts range from airport terminal announcements to contacting passengers to inform them we have their items. We strongly encourage passengers to affix business cards to laptops and other expensive items so we may contact them.

    We have a complete list of airport lost and found numbers as well as our claims process posted to our Web site at

    The numbers in the LA Weekly piece were clearly not verified.

    TSA Spokesman
    Los Angeles

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