Thursday, December 15, 2016

Loose change left at airports means big money for Homeland Security

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. Dec 15 2016 According to a report by the Department of Homeland Security, it’s likely that hundreds of thousands of dollars in loose change will be left at TSA airport checkpoints across the country by the conclusion of 2016.
The report, titled, “Unclaimed Money at Airports”, says that the TSA collected $765,759 dollars in loose change was left behind in 2015 alone.
The Newschannel 3 I-Team, however, noticed many of the airports in and around the immediate areas of West Michigan were not included in the report.
After several phone calls with media spokespersons at DHS and TSA, the I-Team learned it would have issue a Freedom of Information Act request for the smaller airports.
It took a few months, but the I-Team finally obtained the following data.

-Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport $190.97
-Gerald R. Ford International Airport $1,197.71
-South Bend International Airport $225.81

The amount of loose change collected at many of the local airports in and around the area of West Michigan is dwarfed when compared to larger airports, such as Detroit Metro International Airport, where $9,742 in loose change was left behind in 2015, and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport $30,420 in loose change was left by passengers at checkpoints.
In a rush to get through the TSA checkpoints, it seems many passengers simply forget about the change they take out of their pockets and leave it behind.
According to the DHS report, it’s standard TSA policy to try and return items, including money, to passengers who leave it behind.
As for where the unreturned money goes, according to the report, it goes right back to the Department of Homeland Security.

“Unclaimed money that passengers inadvertently leave behind at airport screening checkpoints is directed to critical aviation security programs,” reads the report.
News Channel 3

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