Travellers leave behind S$917,000 in loose change at US airport security checkpoints
How much money is left behind at airport security checkpoints each year? A lot, if the sum the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) collected is anything to go by.
Travellers left behind a total of about US$675,000 (S$917,000) in loose change at various US checkpoints last year.
The agency has pocketed the money for its own use.
TSA press secretary Ross Feinstein said in a statement on Tuesday (April 7): "TSA makes every effort to reunite passengers with items left at the checkpoint, however there are instances where loose change or other items are left behind and unclaimed.
"Unclaimed money, typically consisting of loose coins passengers remove from their pockets, is documented and turned into the TSA financial office."
The figure is a large jump from the US$383,414 collected in 2008.
So which US airports had the most loose change?
|1||John F. Kennedy International Airport||US$42,550.00|
|2||Los Angeles International Airport||US$41,506,64|
|3||San Francisco International Airport||US$34,889.63|
|4||Miami International Airport||US$32,590.43|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport||US$29,684.03|
|6||McCarran International Airport||US$27,676.71|
|7||George Bush Intercontinental Airport||US$26,839.01|
|8||Washington Dulles International Airport||US$22,037.55|
|9||O'Hare International Airport||US$21,068.69|
|10||Orlando International Airport||US$20,757.81|