It could have ended up being the most expensive plane journey of their lives. In fact, the $166,000 the elderly couple left on a long-haul flight from Chicago could have flown them first-class to the US and back 13 times.
The pair managed to pass through customs at Munich Airport on Monday using only their ID cards, and were completely oblivious to the fact that they had left their personal belongings, including their passports, in an overhead locker, federal police report.
Also in the forgotten bag were three cashier's checks worth a total of $166,000 - a hefty sum of money which the 69-year-old man had just inherited from his mother.
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Luckily for the couple, a cleaner spotted the missing bag and handed it into the airline, which in turn gave it over to police.
Officers were reportedly goggle-eyed when they took a closer look at the contents of the bag. The couple had to be tracked down to their home in the upper Palatinate region near Nuremberg, and were surprised to hear from an officer that they had left something rather valuable at the airport.
Upon returning to the airport, the man was reportedly delighted to be reunited with his wealth.