Recently, an Air India passenger had an experience of a lifetime after he misplaced a pouch with foreign currency valued over Rs 5 lakh. Undergoing the painful experience of losing his pouch during his air travel, he was pleasantly surprised when an Air India security officer found it and returned it.
The passenger, who was on board AI flight 317, landed in Delhi from Hong Kong. As he got off the plane, he forgot the pouch, leaving it behind, and went into a connecting flight to Mumbai. Luckily for him, Subhash Chander, an AI security officer, found the pouch containing $6,056 and 1,290 euros (approximately Rs 5.06 lakh), during a routine inspection. Subhash deposited the pouch with the airline and it was subsequently handed over to its owner, said an AI spokesperson. The airline felicitated Subhash on Sunday for the act.
According to The Times Of India, It is not the first time that Subhash, a science graduate, who has been with AI for the past 28 years, has been praised for his integrity. In 2003, he had found a handbag on a flight bound for Saudi Arabia which contained around 1kg gold ornaments. The bag was eventually handed over to the passenger who had misplaced it. In another incident, he had found a pouch with Rs 7-8 lakh on a plane, which was later returned to the owner.