The TSA Has Your iPhone
According to Consumer Reports, 2013 saw some 4.5 million smartphones reported lost or stolen. 2014's numbers are expected to be even higher, especially with the debut of a new iPhone this autumn.
If you've long thought your phone had gone to the great charging cable in the sky, consider that perhaps it's just at the bottom of a pile of crusty lost-and-found electronics at an airport somewhere. The Transportation Safety Administration yesterday posted an Instagram showing a tiny sample of the forgotten gadgets they end up tossing into a box at LAX alone, and it's pretty alarming.
"Sometimes, itís impossible to know who an item belongs to, so when an item is left behind, itís logged into lost & found with notes such as time found, terminal, airline, lane, description, etc," notes the TSA's official Instagrammer. They're not just showing off their twisted treasure chest; the Instagram post does double duty in aiding travelers with the recovery of those lost items. Rescue your items from the TSA by visiting their website for a list of airport contact numbers, for Lost & Found information.