TSA Rescues Wedding Dress Left Behind At Newark Airport

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — The TSA saved the day after a wedding dress was left behind at a security checkpoint at Newark Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that the bride's mother forgot to take the luggage holding her daughter's gown, as well as her own dress for the wedding, after she cleared security and boarded a flight to Columbus, Ohio — where the ceremony was scheduled to take place the next day.

The bride's brother, Christopher Cepeda, filled out a lost and found form online and prayed that they would be able to get the dress in time for the big day.

Cepeda thought all hope was lost when he saw the response time was about five days, but just six minutes later he got the good news — the dress was found.

Loletta Nathan-Gordon, an administrative assistant for TSA at the airport, shipped the luggage overnight and the dresses arrived the next morning, in time for Cepeda's sister to walk down the aisle.

“She literally saved my sister’s wedding,” Cepeda said. “If it wasn’t for her, everything would have been a disaster.”

Nathan-Gordon said she put herself in the bride's shoes.

"I could only imagine how stressful that would have been for me if my mom would have left the dress behind," Nathan-Gordon said. "I would have freaked out.”

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