AMSTERDAM — Dutch airline KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) has hired a new and adorable employee to help return lost items to passengers.
Airplanes and airports are a veritable treasure trove of lost items passengers lose track of in their travels. Based on experience and a very informal poll, getting a lost item back from an airplane or airport is, at best, a pain in the neck, and at worst, near impossible.
But with KLM’s new employee at the Amsterdam Airport Shiphol, getting a lost item back may happen before you even leave the airport (and in the most adorable way possible) thanks to a beagle aptly named Sherlock.
Like any member of the hound group, beagles have an exceptional sense of smell. So when flight attendants or other KLM employees find a lost item, they let Sherlock smell it, they place the item in a pouch strapped to Sherlock’s back and they set him loose to track down the owner.
Trainer Dirk Van Driel says in the video that Sherlock is trained for “muscle strength, endurance, and of course, socialization.” The latter of which is important since grateful passengers pet, hug and take photo with Sherlock after he returns a lost item.
While it isn’t clear in the statement KLM released Tuesday as to how much Sherlock has helped boost lost item returns, KLM states the “first results show that over 80 percent of the found items can now be reunited with their owners.”
Sherlock is so adorable, I almost want to lose an item on a KLM flight just to meet him.