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Airline Employee Returns More Than $10,000 That Pakistani Passenger Lost

March 4, 1987

HOUSTON (AP) _ A Pakistani man who lost more than $10,000 while traveling to Houston for heart surgery got the money back after an airline employee found the cash in a lavatory.

Sikander Khan was traveling from Los Angeles to Houston aboard a Southwest Airlines flight Feb. 16 when he left an envelope containing $10,700 on a counter in a lavatory during a stopover in Phoenix, Ariz., airline spokeswoman Charlotte Goddard said.

Randy Nist, 24, a Southwest provisioning agent who works at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, found the money when he boarded the plane during its layover.

″I walked into the restroom to check the supplies, and there was an envelope sitting on the counter there,″ Nist said. ″I opened it up and there was loads of money.″

Nist immediately turned the envelope, bearing the stamp of the Bank of Pakistan, over to his supervisor.

Nist said that when he learned the money belonged to a man who was going to have heart surgery, ″It made me feel better that it was for a good cause.″

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