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)
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(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. (Read more TSA stories.)

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