If you were wondering what precious keepsakes the people from flight 1549 lost to the chilly Hudson, the New York Post has the answer. [NYP]


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  1. friendlynerd says:

    This article misses the point: you escaped with your life and a check for $5k after something happened that was out of the airline’s control. Be grateful all you lost were “things.”

  2. Wendy Sloan says:

    What self-respecting new father keeps his kid’s first pictures on a cellphone? he should’ve kept copies in his hard drive and uploaded them on like flickr. guess they’re just gonna have to rely on their memories from now on.

    • nataku8_e30 says:

      @Wendy Sloan: seriously – at least he lost it in a plane crash, it’s a lot more interesting than dropping it in a puddle, or spilling something on it, etc… non-synchronized cell phones are not a good way to hold the only copy you have of data…

      • samurailynn says:

        @nataku83: Seriously, he could have left it in his pants pocket when he did the laundry. Would he then be crying out to the gods of the wash? Cellphones really aren’t a good place to store important documents. It sounds like he had a lot of stuff there that he had never backed up.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      @Wendy Sloan: i’m having some trouble understanding how she is two now and he hasn’t been able to make a backup copy yet?
      but even more curious as to what kind of cell phone has the memory capacity to store 40 videos?

  3. RobGinNC says:

    The article really doesn’t address the issue of when, if ever, some of the items will be returned to the passengers. It’s no surprise that things were left behind, so couldn’t the reporter have asked someone (like the airline or the government) about what happens next?

    • Ash78 ain't got time to bleed says:

      @RobGinNC: Yeah, I wonder if it’s like crashing your car…the insurance company gets to keep the car in exchange for writing you a piddly little check.

      • ionerox says:

        @Ash78: They might get the car in exchange for a check, but you can still retrieve your belongings from it before they sell it to the scrap yard..

        • Ash78 ain't got time to bleed says:

          @ionerox: They’d have to give me a few hours alone with the car and a toolbox to retrieve all of my irreplaceable personal belongings, unfortunately (short shifter is no longer made, discontinued cd player and changer, etc). I suppose if I argued that those things were not covered under the policy, then I should still be able to take them with me.

          /threadjack over

          • samurailynn says:

            @Ash78: I had a car totalled once (it was parked on the street and hit by a drunk driver). I was allowed to take the stereo and anything else I wanted out. Actually, the tow yard had already removed the stereo for me because they don’t like to take the chance that someone will break into the cars on their lot and steal stuff.

    • PunchesSmallAnimals_GitEmSteveDave says:

      @RobGinNC: IIRC, they are brought to the warehouse where the plane is, weighed, allowed to dry for eight weeks, weighted again, and examined for any trace evidence which may apply to the incident. After that, barring contamination from any hazardous material from the bottom of the river/fuel/etc, I don’t see why they can’t ask for it back.

  4. DallasPath says:

    Who the heck carries a stack of love letters with them when they travel?

  5. Davan says:

    Oh boo hoo. I lost my daughters pictures that I never backed up. I lost my love letters from my husband that I (weirdly) carry everywhere [how clingy is this lady?]. You’re alive. Make new records of things, this time you’ll back em up I bet.

  6. KLETCO says:

    You know, I am a scuba diver and log my dives by hand into a log book. I take my log book on every dive vacation I go on. It is very important to me and can’t be replaced. So, I make photocopies of the log and leave them at home. If I haven’t made photocopies of a particular dive before I leave on a trip, I don’t take those pages with me. I realize that there is always a chance that it can get lost, stolen or a million other things, especially if it’s packed in my checked bags.

    If you had something that was irreplaceable and it was simply paper (like letters), why wouldn’t you photocopy them if you’re going to take them on EVERY trip you go on? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  7. ThickSkinned says:

    I was on the plane and left a loose leaf notebook containing the perfect plan to bring peace to the world and end all suffering immediately in the seat back in front of me. Oh, and I had to leave an original Picasso painting in the overhead compartment. Seriously though, who brings important, irreplaceable items on an airplane in the first place?

  8. nataku8_e30 says:

    Wow, it’s amazing how much crap people carry with them when they travel… maybe you should stick to the essentials – thereby reducing the weight of the aircraft, the amount of time spent inspecting luggage, and the ease with which you can travel through the airport and on to / off of the plane.

  9. Yossarian says:

    I guess they haven’t gotten around to the inevitable guy who was carrying $10 million in bearer bonds.

  10. pb5000 says:

    Yeah, I have to second what just about everyone else has said…

    Tough, you’re alive, being able to SEE your daughter again should be a hell of a lot better than having 40 video’s of her!

  11. Outrun1986 says:

    I don’t understand who would take such precious keepsakes with them while traveling. If I was traveling I would take as little as possible because its VERY possible that something will happen, stuff will get stolen etc..

  12. IT-Chick says:

    I totally agree with the comments about the dad. I have to say I feel sorry for him, knowing what precious moments I have captured in my 4 year old’s life… but all my videos are stored on my laptop, as well as backed up on DVD. My photos are stored on my laptop as well as backed up on a hard drive.
    I even have my music stored on my phone backed up on my laptop, and even further backed up on the same hard drive that stores my photos.
    In this day of technology… really… losing your phone loses all your videos of your child? I’d just be upset I lost my amazing phone. *hugs Blackberry Bold* Then I’d get over it and buy a new one and upload all my backed up data again.
    These people went through a traumatizing thing, but it’s stupidity that’s coming to light.

  13. floraposte says:

    If the New York Post has the answer, I usually don’t want to know the question.

  14. ElizabethD says:

    Two words: BACK UP. I learned this the hard way when my hard drive died and we couldn’t retrieve a bunch of photos I hadn’t put on my backup drive. BACK UP, people! Now, let’s hope I follow my own advice.

  15. aka Cat says:

    What guy carries a cell phone with him, and doesn’t have it in a pocket or belt holster? That just baffles me.

    But I don’t really see this as whining, or anything negative about the passengers. I doubt that they called the Post to complain about their lost valuables. Most likely the Post called them, asked what one thing they wished they could recover from their luggage, and printed it.

    • KLETCO says:

      @CatMoran: I have traveled with people who take the cell out of the pocket when going through security, turn it off and put it in a carry on bag, so that they don’t have to deal with it anymore. I guess it depends on how attached you are to your phone. Mine is usually in my purse.

  16. LVP says:

    Wwhhhaaaa. You walked away from a what would have been a fatal crash. Quit your bitching and be grateful that you are still living.