But this wasn't the case for 68-year-old Robert Glyn Baker, who, after two years, has been reunited with his long-lost teddy bear.
The 100-year-old battered bear was left behind at Bristol airport back in 2012, when Robert was on his way back to his home in Cyprus.
Airport staff discovered the forgotten toy in a bag alongside a black and white snap of two young girls, on the back of which were the words: "With dearest love and kisses to our darling Daddie from your loving little daughters Dora and Glyn."
Workers launched a public appeal to track down its owner and even traced old flight records in an attempt to spot matching passengers from the names on the pictures.
A photo of the World War One bear, which has just one eye, was also published in Mature Times, where Robert finally saw it and came forward to claim the soft toy.
Robert told the Daily Mirror: "I was stunned. I thought it was lost for ever."
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