Last updated: 11:19 AM ET, Fri May 08 2015

TSA Returns $100K Watch Left Behind at Newark Airport

Airlines & Airports | Transportation Security Administration | Patrick Clarke | May 08, 2015

TSA Returns $100K Watch Left Behind at Newark Airport

Leaving behind spare change at an airport security checkpoint is one thing, but a watch valued at more than $100,000?

According to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration via CNN, a Japanese real estate entrepreneur passing through Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this week left a gold, diamond-covered Cartier watch behind.

Fortunately, a TSA officer discovered the watch and made note of it.

TSA public affairs spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein tweeted a photo of the recovered item on Thursday morning:

A few hours later, Farbstein provided an update on the situation:

A colleague of the watch's owner based in New Jersey recognized the watch and reached out to TSA, sending several pictures of the owner wearing it to confirm.

"The man who picked it up said he was planning to fly to Japan tonight to personally deliver the watch to its owner," wrote Farbstein in an email to CNN. "He was extremely grateful that a TSA officer turned it in at the checkpoint and told the TSA officials at the Lost & Found Office that the watch had been custom made and was a one-of-a-kind."

Last month, the TSA revealed that it collected more than $674,000 in loose change at U.S. airport checkpoints over the course of 2014, signaling a $37,000 increase over 2013.

However, that total doesn't reflect the value of the countless other items, like watches, that are left behind. 


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