TSA Lines Its Pockets with Your Loose Change

Pocket change © Wade Brooks
Over half a million bucks was left behind at security checkpoints in U.S. airports in 2012. That’s not pocket change. Well, um, actually it is pocket change, but on a massive scale. The windwall was not left in a sleek aluminum briefcase filled with neat stacks of crisp hundred dollar bills that some absent-minded mafioso forgot to reclaim, but rather accumulated one errant quarter, nickel, dime, or penny at a time.

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Under the present federal law the TSA gets to keep the money left behind at its checkpoints every year, which is put toward general operations. So next time you’re having a friendly pat-down, you can thank your fellow traveler for sparing some change to make it possible.

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