TSA Made Half-a-Million Bucks From Abandoned Pocket Change Last Year

That change you leave behind in bins at security check points adds up

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The Transportation Security Administration hauled in $531,395.22 in pocket change that passengers left behind at security checkpoints last year, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post.

The half-a-million bucks the TSA reported collecting in 2012 is the most ever reported to Congress. Passengers in Miami made the fattest contribution to TSA coffers — $39,613 — while those passing through the airport in Guam gave — or lost — the least: $1.70.

[The Washington Post]

7 comments
limhuang
limhuang

US is a really poor country

yogi
yogi

Wait your missing the part about how this change went to the TSA's budget and now the House voted unanimously to give it to charity. What happened to all the lowering the budget sh*t the GOP talks about?

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

Thank god they prevented all those hijackings at nickle-point.

Painturly
Painturly

The united states is screening the wrong type of individual when they stop a physically disabled individual from crossing their boarder based on an out dated hospital report.   It is the American people who are shooting up America not Canadians.

ViableOp
ViableOp

Even though the United States government developed an entire government agency whose job it is to ensure the safety of the flying public, very little has changed.In fact, as shown here, a recent report notes that there are serious potential breaches in passenger screening, an issue that is of particular importance since it is this screening that is the last line of defence:

http://viableopposition.blogspot.ca/2013/08/sleeping-on-job-at-tsa.html

sacredh
sacredh

@shepherdwong, it's also comforting to know that our dignity isn't the only thing we leave behind when dealing with the TSA.