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Airline passengers leave about $400,000 a year in coins they forget to — or choose not to — take with them as they scramble to catch flights, according to the Transportation Security Administration. In 2010, that loose change amounted to $409,085.56. That's $376,480.39 in dollar coins, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies, plus foreign currency worth $32,605.17. (travel.usatoday.com) 기타...

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myronswanson
and they aren't returning that money to the taxpayers why?
preacher1
"Money that can't be returned is used to finance Agency Operations.???????? What in Sam Hill is their budget for. It is ascenine that therewill have to be congressional involvement to direct that money use. And while I am at it, I could not think of a better use than giving it to the USO
jkudlick
If the government were to give it to charity, it would have to go into the general CFC fund to be distributed evenly among all approved charities.

$409k is a drop in the bucket for the TSA's budget and can actually be used to help offset some of the deficit. As indy2001 notes below, it comes out to $1,120.55 per day. That's an average of less than $3 per day per federalized airport. A TSO makes more than that in 15 minutes of work. Overall, that $409k probably wouldn't even cover the payroll for a year at a small airport like KABY, much less a week's payroll at a huge airport like KATL.
indy2001
indy2001 0
Yawn.

Seriously, who cares about $1000 per day in pocket change? Most of it is probably left intentionally by customers don't want it, especially if they're leaving the country. When I'm traveling, I intentionally carry only paper money. Any change that I get along the way is donated into the nearest kettle or non-profit agency's collection bin.
preacher1
Might not be but a drop in the bucket but it is a drop I daresay that the USO would love to have.As Jeremy says above, if turned in it would have to be distributed as above, which I guess is why the congressional action is needed to direct it. To me, another example of arrogance by the TSA in not turning it in in the first place to the CFC fund as it should have.
sparkie624
To me this is nothing new. I put all my change and small similar items into a ZIP Lock Baggy and have them out, and then when it goes through the scanner just through it back in. Been doing this for the past couple of years.
sfjasper
If they're concerned about it I'll give them a bank acct to deposit it in to relieve their conscious. What about all the other things they confiscate beside loose change?
indy2001
indy2001 0
While we waited for a flight recently at FLL, the TSA made 5 separate sets of announcements in a 2 hour period to recall passengers to pick up items they had left. Most times two separate announcements were made. Those items included a hat, a set of ear buds, headphones, a phone, and a pillow. If TSA was really as greedy as some have made them out to be, no announcements would have been made at all.
sparkie624
Great idea... I like your thinking.
WALLACE24
Why is it federal money? How about it going to the local airport authority and they donate it to local charities and keep congress out of it.
jkudlick
It's Federal money because it was left at a TSA screening checkpoint. If it was left outside the checkpoint (either prior to the checkpoint or after the checkpoint in the sterile area), then the money would go to the airport, but they would also use it to cover operational costs.

Congress is trying to mandate how TSA spends the money, but they are ignoring other federal agencies. For example, money that is turned in to the National Park Service because someone found it at the Washington Monument, or money that is left at a CBP clearance hall at an airport is held in escrow by those agencies for a period of time (something like 90 days) then deposited in their general funds. No one complains about that, do they? The private contractors before TSA probably wouldn't even do that much.
preacher1
Actually, that is what needs to be done with it but them being Federal, they should at least be abiding by the current law, which mandates it go into CFC. They apparently aren't doing that
jkudlick
Current law actually allows any Federal agency to use lost-and-found money for their operations after holding it in escrow for a period of time. The escrow period allows for claims to the money.

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