WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) - - Transportation Security Administration officers in New York went the extra mile when they recovered a South Florida woman’s lost diamond.
The pear-shaped diamond slipped out of its setting in Kana Chi-Murenbeeld’s engagement ring and went missing during a security check at the Albany International Airport, earlier this month.
“I went through TSA security check, and the prong on my diamond ring had broken, and the center stone actually fell out,” said Chi-Murenbeeld.
The traveler, a Fort Lauderdale resident, was coming home from a trip to Albany when she noticed the precious stone was gone. She then started re-tracing her steps to find it, eventually ending up back at the security checkpoint in tears.
Chi-Murenbeeld said that when the TSA supervisor saw her in distress, she sprang into action. “She calmed me down. She had her team looking,” said Chi-Murenbeeld. “Some people grabbed flashlights, some people were on the floor looking, some people were looking in the bins.”
Agents got on their hands and knees looking for the prized piece of jewelry — with passengers getting screened around them the whole time. “I’m just like amazed at how incredible they were,” said Chi-Murenbeeld.
Ten minutes later, and nearly out of hope, one worker found the diamond in a bin. “She said, ‘Do you want to meet the guy?’ And I was like, ‘Of course I do,'” said Chi-Murenbeeld, “and I’m giving everyone on the team hugs, just ’cause I was so grateful and thankful.”
Once she got back home, she got her ring fixed, all thanks to the hardworking team of Albany’s TSA agents. “I have to say that it was above and beyond what they had to do,” said Chi-Murenbeeld. “They didn’t have to do anything, and I’m eternally grateful to them, for sure.”
Chi-Murenbeeld said she had time to look for the diamond because she had arrived at the airport early, and as luck would have it, her flight had been delayed.
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