She says $24,000 Rolex gone from airport screening belt; security says, what Rolex?

Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 25, 2010

Paulene Showalter, 63, of Baker County, is suing the U.S. Transportation Security Administration for losing a $24,000 Rolex her husband had saved up to buy her on her 50th birthday. The watch was lost at Norfolk International Airport in Virginia , reports the Florida Times-Union.

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Security officers instructed Showalter to put her watch in a bin and place it on a conveyor belt, over her objections. She was told she had no choice if she wanted to board her flight, so eventually she complied, reports the Florida Times-Union.

When she finally returned to the conveyor belt, the Rolex was gone.

And there was a glitch: Security cameras apparently weren’t working, according to Showalter and TSA’s response to inquiries by U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla.


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