A relieved Briton has praised officials at a Kenyan airport after they returned a bag containing £17,000 in cash.
Benson Nickolson was responsible for collecting his family’s luggage from Wilson Airport in the capital, Nairobi, when they arrived for the next leg of their three-week dream safari.
But when they reached their hotel, the holidaymaker was shocked to find a bag containing the wad of money and several valuables missing.
And of course he feared the worst.
“I immediately called our driver who had been with us for more than a week,” Benson wrote in an online blog.
“He checked both vans but couldn’t find the bag. I panicked and asked him to go directly to the airport as I also took a taxi from the hotel to the airport.
“En route I called the airline to check it was left on the plane. Unfortunately they called back.
“I have also asked the airline staff to immediately check the airport CCTV. I was shocked to be told that the airport does not have CCTV.
“By this point I developed temporal madness as it seemed we had no hope of getting the bags back.”
Benson recalled carrying with him the substantial amount of dough to facilitate movement and comfort for his group as they traveled through various African countries.
He confirmed that the bag contained not only cash, but also several credit cards and personal jewelry that were gifts to them from members of their family.
But in a stroke of luck, when all hope seemed lost, Beckon received a call from an airport security officer who confirmed they had found a bag matching his description.
And after Beckon ran back to the terminal, he was stunned to find all of the bag’s contents intact.
“It was a daydream for me,” he said.
“I called my people at the hotel to break the good news and they insisted on sending one of them in a taxi to check out the mystery.”
Local news outlets soon confirmed that the two airport employees and a female police officer found the bag and checked it for explosives before contacting the owner.
The airport’s security officer, Joseph Kabangi, told local Citizen TV that “integrity is a core value” of airport staff when asked about his good deed.
In a thank you email to Kenyan police, Benson later thanked staff for their efforts and suggested it restored his faith in humanity.
“To all those who work with or direct Martin Kammauh, please receive this message of thanks,” he concluded.
“This is the best experience a customer can have in a foreign country.”
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