Skip to comments.TSA collected $400,000 in spare change left by passengers in airports in 2011
Posted on 01/13/2012 5:14:07 PM PST by Libloather
TSA collected $400,000 in spare change left by passengers in airports in 2011
By Keith Laing - 01/12/12 02:59 PM ET
Airline passengers left more than $400,000 at airport security checkpoints operated by the Transportation Security Administration in 2011.
TSA found $409,085.56 in spare change last year that was unclaimed by passengers, according to figures released by the agency. Historically, if no one comes back to get the leftover money, it stays with the TSA.
A Florida lawmaker is trying to change that, however: Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) filed a bill in April of 2009 that would require TSA to transfer money that is not claimed by passengers when they leave airport security checkpoints to United Service Organizations.
Miller said Thursday in a statement provided to The Hill that the amount of change left at airport security checkpoints in 2011 could be put to better uses than the TSAs operating budget.
TSA keeps travelers change accidentally left at checkpoints as an appropriations backfill for agency activities, Miller said. 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, he continued. 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.
The airports where passengers left the most spare change were New Yorks John F. Kennedy International Airport, where $46,918.06 was found, and Los Angeles International Airport, which collected $19,110.83.
Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and San Francisco and Miami International airports, which saw $16,523.83, $15,908.02 and $15,844.83 left behind respectively, rounded out the top five.
Washingtons Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport collected $2,502.83 and $13,945.18.
Darn, I lost about $400,000 in change traveling around the country last year. Where do I apply to get it back?
Honestly.. if 400K was turned in.. How much did the TSA agents take home?
$400K seems a little low, actually.
probably because the big scores are taken by the DEA or other flavors of Federal lawmen. The TSA doesn’t get that.
They get the $9.89 you left in their bucket at the x-ray.
What they reported, what they stole is a much larger number.
The unclaimed money at an airport belongs to the owners of the airport.
The TSA is a paid guest to improve safety to all who own or use the airport.
All other possessions gathered by the TSA should be turned over within 24 hours to the owners of the Airport.
Unclaimed money should be turned over after each shift to provide maximum “Transparency” on the part of our dedicated TSA employees.
I havent research it, but isn’t United Service Organizations part of the SEIU/Labor Union congomerates?
The boogers at McCarran got a silver ring from me just before Christmas, too.
I must have missed it in the tray after being urged to “Please continue moving, sir”.
Officious, self-important twits, the whole lot of them.
The money should be sent to a worthy charity. Or several.