Depending on the country where you’re traveling, losing your passport can be a serious inconvenience or even mean big trouble. Someone who finds it would probably want to help you out, but how? Your phone number is probably not mentioned and anyway, a finder wouldn’t call your foreign number at their expense. Sending it to your embassy also costs time and effort. And even if the finder would do that, it’s of little help because you may be hundreds of miles away from that embassy. What can you do?
Let’s say you’re walking down the street and you see a keychain lying on the pavement. Or you’re in a park and someone has left their mobile phone on a bench. What should you do with this found item? And are you entitled to a reward?
Safety first? At the airlines alone, an average of 13 out of 1000 suitcases are lost (in 2007, more than one million). Most travellers attach a luggage label with their name and address on it. This way, the airline company or another party can return their suitcase if it’s wrongly delivered. However, not only is this of little use (is that where you need your luggage?), but it’s often downright dangerous. Read below why and what you can do about it.