Man Sues U.S. Over Ring Lost at Boston Airport

A man is suing the federal government, alleging his $7,000 wedding ring was stolen as he passed through a security checkpoint at Logan International Airport.

John Wright, 51, says he and his wife were taking a flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July when he placed the 1.53-carat diamond and gold ring in a plastic tub along with his Rolex watch and wallet.

Wright, of Tiverton, R.I., then placed the bin on the scanner conveyer belt as he and his wife, Janet, passed through the metal detector. When he retrieved his belongings, Wright said, the ring was missing.

"I hadn't even gone 15 feet on my vacation and I was robbed," said Wright, a health teacher in Somerset.

He said he alerted the three Transportation Security Administration screeners who were at the checkpoint, and they searched the conveyer belt without success.

Wright filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court last month after the TSA denied his claim seeking $7,000 to replace the ring. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for the ring and attorney's fees.

Wright said he suspects one of the TSA screeners took the ring because there were no passengers in front of him as he went through the checkpoint with his wife, who was directly behind him.

Ann Davis, a spokeswoman for TSA, said she could not comment on the case, but said the agency does not tolerate workplace theft and aggressively investigates all complaints.

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