Lose your laptop at Newark Airport? Join the club

We bet a bunch of people spent their flights getting up close and personal with the inflight magazine's crossword puzzle. What's a three-letter word for D'OH?

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Recognize your lost laptop or tablet here? The Transportation Security Administration shared this photo on Instagram on Saturday with a caption explaining that these computers were all left behind at security checkpoints at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport in November alone.

We count around 75 laptops and tablets of all shapes, sizes, makes and models, some with colorful designer cases, all surely containing important documents and photos and other info that their owners mourned all the way to their destinations.

"The most common way laptops are forgotten is when travelers (sorting out items at security checkpoints) stack a bin on top of the bin their laptop is in," the caption notes. "Out of sight out of mind."

The TSA suggests travelers tape a business card of piece of paper with contact information to the bottom of the computer they're traveling with. "This will allow us to attempt to contact you via a page or phone call before you board your flight," the post notes.

The photo immediately touched a nerve with viewers. Wrote jardeew, "This is the saddest picture I've seen in a long time."

Others were looking to make a deal. "Happy to take those off your hands for a few thousand bucks," wrote sourcerock.

The TSA Instagram account often shares images of items that clueless travelers tried to take onboard. Recent shares included photos of a model of Lucille, the barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat from "The Walking Dead," and a bullet-adorned gas mask. The last post before the pile of computers showed a hot-sauce bottle designed to look like a flash-bang grenade.