Have you ever left your change behind after going through airport security? You’re not alone. Last year, the TSA raked in a record $867,812.39 in forgotten change. The previous record was $765,759 collected in 2015.
That means that the Transportation Security Administration has now taken in over $5.1 million since 2008. That’s no pocket change!
The law allows the TSA to collect and keep any unclaimed money left at checkpoints, most of it in the form of loose change left behind in bins from travelers who hastily empty their pockets. That money then goes to the TSA for security operations use.
The largest contributors to the 2016 collection pot were travelers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, where $70,615 was left behind. Los Angeles International Airport passengers failed to pick up $44,811, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport collected $42,305.