Cautionary Tale: Don’t Put an Engagement Ring in Checked Luggage

Jun 22, 2018

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Proposal pro tip: Don’t let the ring out of your sight. So definitely don’t check it.

Unfortunately, one man flying on WOW Air missed the memo.

He had to push back his proposal after the airline lost the luggage containing possibly the most vital part of an engagement after love: the ring.

Ben Adams and his (spoiler) now-fiancé Elizabeth Kahle left Europe and landed in Iceland where they were supposed to catch a flight to Dallas (DFW), but their flight was re-routed. Instead, they flew to New York (JFK), where they were finally able to hop on a flight to Dallas (DFW) to visit family. Talk about trip segments.

Unfortunately, it’s not a big surprise that, with the three segments, one of the pair’s luggage was lost. But this misplacement was more stressful than most other lost luggage scenarios. The suitcase contained the ring Adams planned to propose to his then-girlfriend with shortly after arriving in Dallas.

The two work for Norwegian Cruise Line, and they’re constantly at sea, so Ben wanted to pop the question before going back to work. In hopes of getting WOW Air’s attention to find the bag, Ben was forced to reveal to Elizabeth that the engagement ring was in the lost bag in an interview with WFAA. After tedious contact with the airlines and some publicity, things started to look up for the couple.

WOW finally found the luggage in Boston, which is confusing because, of the four destinations the couple did travel to, Boston was not one of them. The airline swiftly sent the luggage to the couple.

Ben was finally able to get on one knee on Wednesday, and now the two are happily, officially engaged.

TPG is so glad that things turned out okay for the couple, but we wouldn’t recommend for couples to put such a valuable item in checked luggage, even though we wish we could put more trust in baggage claim.

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