A few weeks ago, some friends went to Vegas for a long weekend. After going through security, they took their bins full of stuff to the benches to put their shoes on, etc. (Just like I always want people to do!) Since there are full body scanners in Vegas, they had to take everything out of their pockets, including their boarding passes. While my friend was putting on his watch, his wife picked up his bin to stack with the others. But because there were ads in the bottom of the bin, she didn’t notice his boarding pass was still in there—she said it just blended in. They were almost to the gate when they realized he didn’t have his boarding pass. He started running back to security when he heard his name called out over the intercom. Evidently, someone had turned it in. When he got to security to retrieve it, there were two other passes that people had left in the bins. Whoops!
Friends, please remember to give your bin one last look before putting it up and walking away. I’ve lost boarding passes before, and it usually hasn’t been a problem to get them reprinted at the gate. But what if it had been something more important or irreplaceable? A passport, a piece of jewelry, a cell phone? It just takes a second to double check and make sure that you haven’t left anything—especially when there are ads on the bottom of the bin that and it’s harder to see small things.
Readers, have you ever left something at security? Did you get it back?