Passenger leaves bags at Sea-Tac Airport to avoid paying $1,400 in fees

by: Amy Duncan Updated:

A file photo of Sea-Tac International Airport (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

A man left four bags at Sea-Tac Airport Tuesday morning after he was told he would have to pay $1,400 in baggage fees, according to law enforcement officials.

Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said that the TSA was notified of the abandoned luggage at approximately 1 a.m.

The passenger, who was booked on a Delta flight to New York City, was identified and questioned by officers when his plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

According to NBC New York, officers determined the bags contained personal items and that the man had abandoned them to avoid baggage fees.

The passenger was released by the officers in New York.

"There was no criminal intent by the passenger," an official familiar with the incident told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. "This was strictly a customer service-related issue."