Contact Us

TSA Collects Big Money from Loose Change at Security Checkpoints

Do people really enjoy airport pat-downs so much that they’re leaving tips?  Airline passengers are leaving a fortune behind at airport security checkpoints in their rush to make their flights on time, and the Transportation Security Administration gets to keep every dime.

In 2010, the loose change added up to $409,085.56 in dollar coins, quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies and foreign currency. Passengers at John F. Kennedy International Airport left the most change, $46,918.06 followed by L.A. International, where the TSA added $19,100.83 to their coffers.

But that is leaving a nasty taste in some people’s mouths. “I think the money should be donated to a charity or other service organizations,” says stunned flier Vickie Vaughn. “I never expected that loose change could add up to that much money.”

In 2005, Congress gave the agency the authority to spend the left behind money on security operations, but Republican Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida is proposing a bill that would give the windfall to the United Service Organizations. The money would be used for welcome centers for the U.S. military personnel. “Legislation, like this just makes sense,” says Tennessee Rep. Diane Black. “Sending the extra money to the USO is something I support.”

(National Examiner)

More from 103.7 The Hawk

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kmhk.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 103.7 The Hawk quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 103.7 The Hawk quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!