Rachel on the Road: Unclaimed Baggage Center

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WIAT) — If you’ve ever flown, you’re familiar with the rush to get off your plane and to your destination quickly. You hear the flight attendants remind you to grab all of your belongings before exiting the aircraft. Well even with the reminders, a small percentage of checked and carry-on bags are left behind. There is an extensive process that goes into identifying the owner and reuniting that person with their bags. Less than .05% actually never get claimed, but what then happens to those pieces?

That small percentage is sent to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. This location is the only one in the entire world, simply because the store already holds contracts with all the airline carriers to obtain any lost baggage, and secondly, there is just not enough unclaimed baggage to support another store.

This hidden gem is less than two hours from Birmingham and well worth the drive! The store is filled to the brim with unique items at discounted prices. From inexpensive clothes and shoes to jewelry worth $15,000. And starting today, their summer clearance sale!

Also, you may not want to miss the opportunity to be a part of the Unclaimed Baggage Experience every day at 2:30 p.m. One shopper is selected to sort through a piece of lost luggage! It is inspected by workers for any dangerous or hazardous items, then resealed. The shopper gets to discover what is long gone to someone and new to someone else, while deciding if the store will “sell it,” “clean it,” “trash it,” or “donate it.”

To read about how the Unclaimed Baggage Center started in 1970, click here. The store is located at 509 W Willow St, Scottsboro, AL 35768, and click here for store hours.

Next week Rachel on the Road is taking a trip to a location that will help you beat this heat! Don’t miss it.

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