A diamond is a woman’s finest pal — and for a Queens bride who misplaced her gem at JFK Airport, a TSA agent is a hero.
Flushing residents Amir Khan Durrani and his spouse Madison’s pandemic-delayed honeymoon to Guam bought off to a rocky begin at JFK Airport just lately after they handed via the TSA’s checkpoint at Terminal 7.
After they stopped at a espresso place earlier than boarding their flight, Madison screamed when she realized that her newly bought diamond was lacking from her engagement ring, the company mentioned in a information launch.
“My spouse was crying hysterically as we didn’t know what occurred, nor did we all know easy methods to strategy the state of affairs,” Durrani wrote in an electronic mail to the TSA.
He raced again to the checkpoint and alerted the TSA brokers.
“Everybody was extraordinarily type and helped me as a lot as they might to find the misplaced diamond,” he mentioned. “I advised them that I knew this was not their job” to assist discover a misplaced diamond, though “everybody current helped search for the diamond to no avail.”
After they landed in Guam, the couple acquired a stunning textual content message and voicemail — the TSA believed the wayward gem had been discovered.
The Durranis despatched the company a photograph of the stone, which matched the one discovered on the checkpoint because of eagle-eyed lead TSA officer John Killian, who had returned to the placement 5 hours after it was reported lacking.
Whereas standing on the TSA supervisory podium, he glanced towards the checkpoint line to get a way of how busy it was when a glint caught his consideration.
“That’s once I noticed the flicker and thought to myself, ‘No method that might actually be it.’ I walked over and picked it up,” he mentioned.
The diamond was mendacity on the ground between the metallic detector and the X-ray machine.
“The shine caught my eye. I used to be like, ‘Wow, I simply discovered this diamond!’” Killian added.
In his electronic mail thanking the TSA, Durrani mentioned their journey “went from a chaotic second to at least one at peace.”
“I want to commend everybody and their efforts for locating our diamond and safekeeping it earlier than our return again to New York. I wish to point out deep down in my coronary heart, that this second put us in reduction. I hope everybody understands how a lot this meant to my spouse and me,” he wrote.
“Thanks a lot to all of the workers current and particularly to officer John Killian. I may not ever meet you, however you had an impression on us at that second and I’ll always remember it. I want you all the most effective to your efforts and honesty,” the completely satisfied hubby added.
After returning house from their honeymoon, the couple linked with TSA Supervisor Mishane Henry.
“Earlier than I handed over the diamond, I requested them to point out me the ring to ensure that I might affirm handing it over to the suitable couple. It was a match,” Henry mentioned.
John Bambury, the TSA’s federal safety director on the airport, mentioned, “It is a high-quality instance of the integrity of our workforce right here at JKF Airport.”
“I do know that it’s at all times rewarding when our staff is ready to reunite a passenger with one thing that they’ve left behind or misplaced on the checkpoint,” he mentioned. “We often return a jacket, a Teddy bear or a set of keys which were left at one in all our checkpoints.
“However returning a misplaced diamond will definitely be one we’ll at all times keep in mind,” Bambury added.
Efforts by The Put up to achieve the couple Thursday have been unsuccessful.