Forgetful air travelers left $765,759 in airport security checkpoints buckets in 2015
WASHINGTON — All that change left behind by travelers going through airport security has made a pretty penny for the federal Transportation Security Administration.
According to WTOP, travelers left behind $765,759.15 in the buckets at airport security checkpoints in the 2015 fiscal year. That's double what the TSA took in during the same time in 2008.
Miami travelers forgot the most, about $50,000 in fiscal year 2015. Travelers left behind nearly $13,000 in change at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in fiscal 2015, nearly $11,000 at Reagan National and just over $7,000 at Dulles.
The amount of unclaimed coins has steadily risen every year for the last seven years.
“TSA makes every effort to reunite passengers with items left at the checkpoint, however there are instances where loose change or other items are left behind and unclaimed,” TSA said in a statement. “Unclaimed money is documented and turned into the TSA financial office.”
In 2005, Congress gave TSA the authority to spend unclaimed money for security operations.