A diamond is a woman’s finest good friend — 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 received off to a rocky begin at JFK Airport lately after they handed via the TSA’s checkpoint at Terminal 7.
Once 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 stated in a information launch.
“My spouse was crying hysterically as we didn’t know what occurred, nor did we all know the right way to strategy the state of affairs,” Durrani wrote in an e 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 may to find the misplaced diamond,” he stated. “I instructed 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 situation 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 glint and thought to myself, ‘No manner that might actually be it.’ I walked over and picked it up,” he stated.
The diamond was mendacity on the ground between the steel 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 e mail thanking the TSA, Durrani stated 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 employees current and particularly to officer John Killian. I won’t ever meet you, however you had an influence on us at that second and I’ll always remember it. I want you all the very best in your efforts and honesty,” the joyful hubby added.
After returning residence 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 be sure that I might verify handing it over to the correct couple. It was a match,” Henry stated.
John Bambury, the TSA’s federal safety director on the airport, stated, “This can be a superb instance of the integrity of our workforce right here at JKF Airport.”
“I do know that it’s at all times rewarding when our workforce is ready to reunite a passenger with one thing that they’ve left behind or misplaced on the checkpoint,” he stated. “We ceaselessly return a jacket, a Teddy bear or a set of keys which have been left at considered one of our checkpoints.
“However returning a misplaced diamond will definitely be one we are going to at all times bear in mind,” Bambury added.
Efforts by The Put up to succeed in the couple Thursday have been unsuccessful.