Love soars at Newark Airport

Frank and Royda Del Valle
Frank and Royda when they started dating nine years ago. (Courtesy of Transportation Security Administration)

The Transportation Security Administration may not seem like the most romantic job out there, but for Frank and Royda Del Valle, a baggage screening room at Newark Liberty International Airport was the perfect site for love at first sight.

“It caught me out of the blue,” Frank said of meeting Royda nine years ago.

Frank had been a TSA employee for about six months when Royda was assigned to Terminal C. After working side-by-side for a few months, Frank asked her out to dinner and a movie.

Royda responded by asking to see Frank’s ID — she thought he was much younger than he said.

Frank and Royda married four years later, and now have a 17-month-old baby girl who is apparently a frequent visitor to Newark airport, and even attends staff meetings from time to time.

The Del Valles work in different baggage screening locations at Newark now, and likely won’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day, they said, but they don’t mind.

“It’s the small things that we do,” Royda said. She’ll often leave Frank small notes or his favorite candy next to his car keys as a little sign she’s thinking of him.

 

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