Most people who fly on passenger planes in theUnited Statesdo not lose their luggage. Even if the luggage is lost, usually it is only delayed. Most “lost” luggage is found in a few days. Airlines search for the owners of unclaimed(未认领的) bags for up to three months. But when the owners cannot be found or the bags are not claimed, they are sold to a store in the small city of Scottsboro, in the southern state of Alabama.
About one-half of one percent of all luggage passing through US airports is unclaimed. Many of the missing bags, and what is in them, are sold at the Unclaimed Baggage Center. Seven thousand items arrive at the store every day. Tom Barnes, who was shopping at the store said, “I can go into any of the large shopping centers, like the international malls. I can walk through there for an hour and come out with three items. But I come into this store, and then I come out with my car full of stuff.”
Brenda Cantrell, who works at the store, said, “The Unclaimed Baggage Center is the only store inAmericathat buys and resells unclaimed baggage from the airline industry. You would be surprised at all the jackets, eyeglasses, neck pillows, blankets, laptops, Kindles, iPads, and you know, all kinds of expensive electronics.”
The store says it once sold a container for flowers for $80 that was found to be worth $18,000. And it says a painting it sold for $25 was later found to be worth $25,000.
The store buys the luggage from the airlines. It does not examine the things inside them before buying them. Only about half of the items in the bags are suitable for sale at the store.
Some people say it is not fair to the owners of the lost passage to sell their goods. Customer Daniel Martin is not one of them, saying, “I feel the airport may try to find the people that lose the things. If they’ve tried and they can’t get a hold of them, it’s better than throwing them away or just letting them rot in a warehouse somewhere.”
1.According to the text, what may happen to theUSairline luggage?
A.The luggage is often delayed.
B.A large percentage of luggage is lost.
C.Some luggage will be sold if nobody claims it.
D.Unclaimed luggage will be kept by the airport for a year.
2.Tom Barne’s words imply that ___________.
A.the store has little to offer
B.he enjoys shopping at the store greatly.
C.he prefers to shop at international malls
D.the store is no different from any other shopping center.
3.What’s Daniel Martin’s attitude towards the practice of the airlines?
A.He thinks it’s unusual.
B.He thinks it’s frightening.
C.He thinks it’s acceptable.
D.He thinks it’s improper.
4.What would be the best title for the text?
A.What happens to lost US airline luggage?
B.A new shopping center in theUS.
C.Is it fair to the airline passengers?
D.Tips on finding “lost” luggage.