Wedding Ring Rescue at SFO

Introduction: Wedding Ring Rescue at SFO

About: The creation process is almost more rewarding than the finished product.

It's not uncommon for people with meteorite wedding rings to loose them while at the baggage claim. If you are accident prone and have a magnetic ring, this ible is for you. Not only did this rescue get my ring back, it taught me a little trick for future ring storage.

For reasons unbeknownst to me, my wedding ring flung right off my finger and rolled really far under the baggage claim.

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Step 1: Survey the Scene

It was a long flight with a four and half hour delay. When we got to the baggage claim it was well after 1 am. There is no one around to help so your first step is to take a picture of where your ring is. In my case it was just to the right of post D-36.

Go home and deal with it in the morning.

Step 2: Materials

This is an easy build, you are adding a magnet to the end of a stick.

  • A long stick
  • A telescoping magnet (or an even longer stick)
  • Some tape
  • A headlamp

Step 3: Assembly

  1. Cut two pieces of tape about six inches long.
  2. Tape your magnet to the end of the stick.

Your ring retrieval device is ready for action.

Step 4: Sneak In

The next morning go back to the airport and try not to get noticed. Treat yourself, use the hourly parking.

Step 5: Look Natural

Return to the scene of the accident, back to post D-36.

Wait till the baggage claim is empty then put on your headlamp and lay on your belly. Look around till your find your ring then push your ring retrieval device under till you hear the magnet connect. Pull out the stick and behold your lost ring.

We were in and out so fast the parking was free!

Step 6: Bonus Discovery

Since the ring rescue I have been putting rare earth magnets all over the place. Some in the shop, one next to the bed, one in the kitchen and one at my desk. Now I can stick my ring to the magnets any time it needs to come off and it wont get lost.

Happy building.

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice retrieval there :)

    Step 4 wouldn´t work like this in Europe though, since the baggage claim areas over here are within the airport safety area and you can not walk in there, unsless you just exited a plane. But probably you could just talk to the security folks and they would let you in after some bureaucratic procedure.


    Reply 5 years ago

    Most airports here in America, walking into the baggage claim area from outside would be your first arrest. Doing ut with the magbetic retrieval rig would get you a TSA interview. And O'hare anyway, since you went IN to the one hour parking, would not be free. Costs like a buck and a half, just to go into the gate, u turn, and exit.

    But congratulations on finding an airport that hasn't bowed down to terrorists and tsa (or is that too redundant?), AND on retrieving your wedding ring.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Brilliant! That's awesome that you were able to get your ring back!