I consider travel to be an absolute black hole when it comes to losing stuff. If I leave something in a hotel or on a plane, I fully expect to never see it again.
The good news is that I’m relatively organized, and despite spending half of my time in hotels and in the air, I don’t remember the last time I lost anything (other than my sanity). I have a very specific place I put everything in my laptop bag, and as a result if something is missing it’s very easy for me to tell. Even when I’m at home all that stuff stays in my laptop bag, since I rarely unpack, and it’s the only way I’ll know where everything is.
On Thursday shortly after takeoff on my Boston to Miami flight I had one of those “oh crap” moments, as I reached into my laptop bag and saw that my Bose headphones were missing. I wasn’t actually sure the last time I had seen the headphones. I hadn’t taken them out on my Aer Lingus flight so I assumed they had to be at the InterContinental Boston (where I spent the night), though I also feared they could be back in Ireland.
So when I landed in Miami I called the hotel and they connected me to security. Security sent someone up to the room to search for the headphones, though didn’t find them. I figured as much.
A couple of hours later I got a call from the same person in security saying that the housekeeper had finally turned the headphones in, and that she did so at the end of her shift instead of after cleaning the room. I found that strange (does anyone know what the procedure is for housekeepers when they find something — are they supposed to turn it in right away or at the end of their shift?), though I was thrilled and shocked at the same time that the headphones were found.
The guy at security took my credit card information so they could be sent via Fedex the following morning.
So maybe I’m unnecessarily pessimistic when it comes to recovering things from hotels or planes. If you’ve left something behind at a hotel or on a plane, have you had luck recovering it?