INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Airport officials are often left scratching their heads at the things passengers leave behind. And now they’re trying to get it off of their hands. Next week the Indianapolis International Airport is holding an auction.
“You never know what you’ll find,” said Carlo Bertolini, spokesman for the Indianapolis Airport Authority. “Somebody may be pleasantly surprised with something that really strikes their fancy.”
The auction is held every two years, this year selling everything from electronics and tools to a Native American headdress. The auction is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 30.
“A day of very interesting purchases and just an interesting experience,” said Carl Pike, vice president of operations for Key Auctioneers. “It’s not about face value. It’s about what the person next to you is willing to give for that product.”
In addition to iPads, computers and handbags, they’re also auctioning surplus airport equipment, like construction trailers and lifts.
“It’s all kept in the terminal until we have one of these auctions,” said Bertolini.
The auction also includes 21 iPads and 24 Kindles. 90 percent of items lost are returned. Only items left behind for more than a month are included. It does not include items left on an airplane, or those confiscated by TSA at checkpoints.
“What you see here would be items left in the terminal, either on a bench or a seat in the gate area, in a restroom,” said Bertolini.
The last auction brought in over $200,000. The money raised goes to the airport’s general fund for things like maintenance and cleaning.
A preview day will be held Oct. 29 or you can preview the items now by clicking here.