Last updated: 04:00 PM ET, Mon August 03 2015

LAX Returns Lost Wedding Album to Couple a Year Later

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | August 03, 2015

LAX Returns Lost Wedding Album to Couple a Year Later

Photo via Los Angeles Airport Police on Facebook

A wedding album of photos is meant to capture one of the most special days in a person’s life, but one unlucky couple lost the book of images at Los Angeles International Airport a year ago.

Thanks to social media and the LAX Lost and Found employees, the happy couple was reunited with their wedding photos last week.

In a report from Billie Cohen of, the wedding album was one of several items discovered in a suitcase at the international terminal of LAX in September of 2014. The suitcase belonged to Safiullah Jabarkhail, a former Afghanistan native who fled the country with his wife and child after spending seven years working for the United States military.

In hopes of finding the owner of the photos, Los Angeles Airport Police shared a post on Facebook of the photo album and an explanation about the uniqueness of the situation:

“Standard protocol for lost items with Airport Police is to hold an item for 97 days in lost and found, items are then assessed and either discarded or auctioned off. Since this item holds such a large sentimental value, Los Angeles Airport Police could not discard this item and for over a year have been diligently searching for the owner.”

The airport began posting notices about the lost wedding items on social media, and was contacted a short time later by a friend of the couple who helped officials identify them and find their address.

In true military fashion, an airport police honor guard team hand delivered the items back to the family at their home in Modesto, California, on Friday. The joy for the family was overwhelming, as they are also expecting another baby in the coming days.

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