$400,000 in change: TSA Collects Over $400K in Change Left By Airline Passengers

By on Jan 14, 2012 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States, World Comments

Over $400,000 in change were left unclaimed by airline passengers at US airport security checkpoints operated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in 2011, according to reports by several international news sites on Friday, January 13, 2012.


TSA officer screens baggage
Image Credit: TSA.gov.us

A total of $409,085.56 loose change is still with the TSA since no one is claiming them back.

On April 2009, Republican Florida Representative Jeff Miller filed a bill that will require the TSA to turn over the unclaimed money to a United Service Organization. Below is a statement issued on Thursday by Rep. Miller.

TSA keeps travelers change accidentally left at checkpoints as an appropriations backfill for agency activities.There is no incentive for TSA to try to return the forgotten change to its rightful owner.

The amount of money left behind really surprised me — $400,000 annually is nothing to sneeze at.

Travelers’ lost change should be put to good use, and there is no better organization to use this money wisely than the United Service Organizations.

Listed below are the top five airports where the TSA found the most change from airline passengers in 2011.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport – $46,918.06
Los Angeles International Airport – $19,110.83
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport – $16,523.83
San Francisco International airport – $15,908.02
Miami International airport – $15,844.83

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