Loose Change

by | Sep 8, 2020


Emptying your pockets at airport security? Don’t forget to fill them up again.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, hundreds of thousands of dollars are left behind at security checkpoints. One main issue is loose change. People come through, dump their loose change in the bins and forget to pick the money up again. In some cases, there are bills in there and, unfortunately for some passengers, entire wallets have been left behind.

According to the report, more than $900,000 was left over the course of the year. The money was found across 75 US hubs and included around $18,000 in foreign currency.

The security checkpoints at New York’s JFK Airport were the most lucrative with $98,000 left behind. At San Francisco International, the loose change and bills added up to $52,000.

Rounding out the top five in terms of revenue were Miami International, McCarran International in Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

TSA agents recommend putting your wallet and loose change in your bag. And remember, you already give government enough of your money.

Brian Banmiller

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