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I'm very sorry this sentimental set of throwing stars was removed from your checked luggage. While this type of item is never allowed in carry-on luggage, it's certainly acceptable in checked baggage. When your checked baggage is opened and inspected, a notice is supposed to be left inside, letting you know that it was inspected. If you found no notice in your luggage, it does sound like this item was stolen.
Take a look at this site and follow all directions to submit a claim for the missing item:
You can also call TSA Claims at: (866)(###) ###-####/a> for any further information or directions.
I hope you are able to recover your stars!
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