NEW YORK - A Florida man was in tears when he learned that his missing wedding ring was found and on its way back to him in time for Thanksgiving.
The man, a resident of Broward County, Florida, lost his ring while traveling through New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. A Transportation Security Administration officer spotted the ring, which was left in a checkpoint bin and handed it over to TSA’s Lost and Found Office.
The man contacted TSA’s lost and found to ask if they, by chance, had the ring. A quick check resulted in some good news for the Hillsboro Beach resident. TSA officials arranged to have the ring shipped via overnight priority mail to the man’s home at his expense.
“You are a life saver,” the man wrote in an email to TSA’s Lost and Found Office at LaGuardia. “My wedding ring meant so much! I was in tears that it would be lost [forever].”
“It is always rewarding when we are able to reunite a traveler with a lost item, especially when that item has such sentimental value like this wedding ring,” said Veronica Falzon, who oversees TSA’s Lost and Found Office at LaGuardia Airport. “It was quite an emotion-filled response from him. It could have been a sad Thanksgiving holiday had the ring been lost forever. I’m thrilled that we could return the ring to him. Returning the ring made my day.”
Travelers who think they may have lost an item at a TSA security checkpoint can visit TSA’s website, and enter an airport name or code to get the phone number of the Lost and Found Office. Callers need to provide their name, contact information, date of travel, airline, terminal that they were traveling from (if the airport has multiple terminals) and a detailed description of the lost item. TSA will check to see if they have the item and get back to the traveler. For items left in other areas of the airport, it is best to check the airport’s website for contact information. For items left on airplanes, passengers should contact their airline.