Tue, Jan 21, 2014 - Page 5 News List

More smartphones, tablets being left on trains, planes

By Lin Chia-chi and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Public transportation companies are used to seeing all manner of things being left behind in their vehicles, with a growing trend over recent years for phones and tablets.

According to information provided by Taiwan High Speed Rail Co, last year more than 60,000 items were lost, misplaced or simply forgotten by their owners across its eight stations, with an average of 5,000 items found by its staff each month.

The statistics showed that more than 60 percent of the items were reclaimed.

Placards used to designate ancestors, deities or the images of deceased family members have been found on its trains, while there have also been instances of customers leaving behind false teeth or walking aids, the company said.

It said that it had even found pets that have been left on its trains.

Taiwan Railways Administration said it has also found items including a statue of a deity, a diary, false teeth, a backpack, a bouquet of flowers and a ukulele on its trains, adding that it has only a 26 percent reclaim rate.

Airplane companies also said that on average between 100 and 200 items are left each month.

TransAsia Airways said it has an average of 150 items per month, adding that the highest rates of reclaimed items were for electronic products, at about 90 percent, adding that other items had a 70 percent chance of being reclaimed.

TransAsia said the top five items left on its planes are thermal flasks, glasses, gifts purchased abroad, smartphones and tablets.

China Airlines said that Bibles, rings, earrings, prayer beads, smartphones, passports, tablets and glasses are amongst the items that have been found left on its planes, adding that in recent years the number of electronic products left behind has steadily increased.

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