Wednesday, June 21, 2017

All that spare change you forget at TSA checkpoints adds up to big bucks privateofficer.com



Washington DC June 21 2017 All the nickels, dimes and quarters travelers leave behind at airport security checkpoints adds up to big bucks — enough that next time you forget your change after emptying your pockets, you might want to go back for it.
In fiscal year 2016, travelers left behind a record $867,812.39, according to a report from the Transportation Security Administration. That’s over $100,000 more than went unclaimed the previous year. Of that amount, nearly $80,000 was in foreign currency.
“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,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. “Unclaimed money, typically consisting of loose coins passengers remove from their pockets, is documented and turned into the TSA financial office.”
New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport ranked the highest for unclaimed money with $70,615. That was followed by Los Angeles International at $44,811.82. Among D.C. area airports, only Dulles International made the top 10 in unclaimed funds with $20,801.25.
National Airport travelers, however, weren’t far behind Dulles, leaving $18,753.31. And despite being the region’s busiest airport, travelers left only $5,946.50 at checkpoints at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport.
So where does all that spare change go? In 2005, Congress gave the TSA the authority to spend the money on security operations.

Undeclared money left behind at TSA checkpoints by year:
2008 — $383,413.79
2009 — $432,790.62
2010 — $409,085.56
2011 — $487,869.50
2012 — $531,395.22
2013 — $638,142.64
2014 — $674,841.06
2015 — $765,759.15
2016 — $867,812.39



Top 10 Airports in 2016:

JFK                  John F. Kennedy International Airport                 $70,615.00
LAX                 Los Angeles International Airport                           $44,811.84
DFW               Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport              $42,305.26
LAS                 McCarran International Airport                               $32,671.38
LGA                 LaGuardia Airport                                                      $27,963.46
ORD                O’Hare International Airport                                    $ 25,425.75
SFO                 San Francisco International Airport                        $24,711.34
IAH                  George Bush Intercontinental Airport                    $23,723.25
BOS                 Logan International Airport                                      $23,691.83

IAD                  Washington Dulles International Airport               $20,801.25

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