TSA Took $531K From Our Pockets Last Year
...because we forgot to put our change back in our pockets
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2013 8:43 AM CST
In this June 27, 2008 file photo, shoes and small liquid containers are placed in bins to be screened by TSA Supervisor Jennifer Haslip at the x-ray machine at Ronald Reagan National Airport.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – The change in your pockets is lining the TSA's, well, pockets. The Washington Post shares the results of the TSA's 2012 fiscal report, which shows that it made off with a record $531,395.22 in change that travelers forgot to collect from security bins. (From 2008 through 2011, the total was closer to $400,000.) The biggest take occurred at Miami International, where TSA workers collected $39,613; it's one of 13 airports where the annual haul was at least $10,000.

Travelers are apparently more conscious at Guam’s Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport, where the TSA's grand total was just $1.70. The Post notes that by law the TSA must use the jingling windfall on civil aviation security; to date, it's spent just $6,500 of 2012's change, largely on translating some airport security signs into other languages.

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TheProducer
Dec 11, 2013 7:13 PM CST
Misleading headline. The TSA didn't take it, People forgot it. If you don't take your stuff back on the other side of security, that's on you not the TSA.
Who_Cares
Dec 11, 2013 6:24 PM CST
They should donate to the poorest through Red Cross, this would be fair.
Naked_Emperor
Dec 11, 2013 11:44 AM CST
TSA isn't taking it. Dumb passengers are leaving it, How could Kate possibly get THAT wrong? And how could her editors miss it?