Because of the tragedy on Sept. 11, security measures at airports nationwide has heightened.  Citizens that attempt to board a plane are often times forced with the decision to abandon personal possessions or don’t board the plane.  Most of these items are replaceable, thus abandoned, while others are not.  But all those that are abandoned end up in the hands of a state agency that handles federal and state surplus materials acquired at security checkpoints in airports.  The items are turned around and sold for rock bottom prices and proceeds go…Where else, to the government. 

The most common items left behind are lighters, scissors, corkscrews, and pocket knives.  Some people leave firearms, sporting equipment, and rolling pins behind.  If people are interested in acquiring these items, they may do so at state websites such as 

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