KLM's Lost And Found Service Uses An Adorable Dog To Deliver Forgotten Property

09/23/2014 04:51 pm ET

KLM's new lost and found program is a lesson in perverse incentives.

On one hand, owners who leave property behind risk losing it permanently. Then again, since lost items stand to be returned via Beagle, it may be tempting to start "accidentally" forgetting more things on the plane.

The Dutch airline has started using an adorable, vest-wearing dog to return lost property, sending him down the concourse to literally sniff out rightful owners after they've disembarked at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

In a release Tuesday, the company said they're able to successfully return 80 percent of the items they find on planes, from iPhones to toy stuffed animals, using a combination of vigilance, social media, and at least one pup named "Sherlock."

"Our main goal is to return lost items to the owner as fast as possible," Sandra List, a member of KLM's "Team Lost & Found" said in a video explaining the new program.

Dirk van Driel, Sherlock's trainer, said the pup is trained for "muscle strength, endurance, and of course socialization. When you see the reactions of the passengers, that really is amazing."

KLM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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