Dubai police return $19,000 to UK resident who left bag at airport

Dubai police have returned a large sum of cash to a resident after he lost his bag before boarding a plane to the UK from Dubai International Airport.

British resident Peter Lawson realized he had left his bag at the airport, which contained $19,000 (Dh70,000), shortly after takeoff.

When he landed in the UK he contacted the General Department of Airports Security to report the missing item and received a response within an hour confirming they had located the bag and the money.

“Once I realized I had lost the money in Dubai, I was confident I would get it back,” Mr Lawson said.

Major General Ali Bin Lahej, director of the General Department of Airports Security, said he thanked Dubai police and airport staff for returning the money safely to him.

A similar incident occurred in February when a Bulgarian tourist left her bag containing $9,000 (Dh33,600) at the airport before boarding a plane for her home country.

Dubai police said the tourist was upset when she received the money at her home.

“The tourist lost the bag which contained 9,150 dollars (33,600 Dh) and some important documents just before taking her flight back to Bulgaria,” said Brigadier Hamouda Belsuwaida Al Ameri, acting director of the General Department of airport security.

“Lost and Found officers, acting in accordance with legal procedures in this regard, have identified the owner of the bag and contacted her.”

Updated: May 01, 2022, 07:57

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