We’re all guilty of it; leaving behind a couple of pennies, a few nickels and dimes, or maybe even a quarter as we pass through airport security, but what you may not realize is how much it adds up! The Transportation Security Administration says it once again collected the largest amount of change at TSA Checkpoints this last year.
The Washington Post reports that the TSA collected more than $867,812.39 in change from forgetful passengers last year, besting its previous record of $765,759 collected in 2015.
This brings the TSA’s total coin collection tab to more than $5 million since the year 2008. The law allows for the TSA to collect and keep the unclaimed money lost at checkpoints, most of it in the form of loose change left behind in bins from travelers who hastily empty their pockets.
The Consumerist tells us that under US law, the TSA is entitled to collect and keep the unclaimed money lost at checkpoints, most of it in the form of loose change left behind in bins from travelers who hastily empty their pockets.
The money, if it remains unclaimed, goes to the TSA for security operations use.
As for the largest contributors to the 2016 collection pot, the Post reports that would-be travelers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, where passengers left behind $70,615.
Los Angeles International passengers left behind $44,811, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport brought in $42,305.
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