Published January 13, 2012
In the rush to catch their flights, airline passengers are leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars behind at security checkpoints.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, passengers left behind nearly $410,000 in loose change at checkpoints in 2010. That's actually down from $433,000 the year prior.
The TSA said in a statement that the agency is trying its best to prevent so much money from being left at security.
"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," the TSA said. "Unclaimed money, typically consisting of loose coins passengers remove from their pockets, is documented and turned into the TSA financial office.
The lost coins go into the TSA budget, though Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has proposed diverting the money to the United Service Organizations.
According to a USA Today report, most of the money was in U.S. coins, though more than $30,000 was foreign currency.
The most change was left behind at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where $47,000 was collected.