TSA Keeps The Change: $531,000 Left at Airport Security in 2012

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Who'd want to return for more quality time with their abusers to retrieve two bits or two bucks?

    KCEN TV: TSA Keeps The Change: $531,000 Left at Airport Security in 2012

    Frazzled and forgetful passengers left more than a half million dollars in spare change in the plastic bowls and bins at airport security checkpoints last year. That's about $45,000 more than the amount left behind in 2011, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

    What happens to all that money?

    TSA makes "every effort to reunite passengers with items left at security checkpoints," said agency spokesperson Nico Melendez. But all those nickels, dimes, quarters – and a smattering of poker chips and crumpled bills – usually end up getting counted, forwarded to the TSA financial office and then spent on general security operations.
  2. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Would leaving behind one penny in a tub at the checkpoint be the same as leaving a 25 cent tip at a crappy restaurant? :p
  3. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    It would actually be worse. For every piece of change we find, it has to be placed in an envelope, after being tallied up. It is then accounted for (via the daily paperwork trail) and submitted to the local management (which has their own set of protocols and paperwork for reporting and custody). By the time it reaches the end location and is submitted to HQ, there is probably approximately .25-.5 work hours (minimum)involved with it. So, for every envelope (whether it is a penny or $1k), you are dropping a few dollars (depending on the average pay band) worth of work hours. I would say that the exchange rate works out worse for the consumers (which is all of us) in the end. Basically, if you drop an errant coin in a checkpoint, please pick them up and save all of us some money.
  4. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    Oh yeah, for really bad service (not mistakes or badly cooked food, seriously bad service), I still leave a penny.
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Thanks for the tip. I intend to leave a penny or two next time I fly.
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Make them random foreign coins.
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Exactly what I was thinking -- an penny in every tub, and if you stack your tubs when your molestation is completed, a penny in the top tub first.
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Well, I'm flying tomorrow. Guess who I am going to tip with a penny? Thanks TSA!

    wonder just how much change never makes it to the envelope?
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Zeks who are still flying should do whatever they can to use their oppressors' bureaucracy to their advantage! :D
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  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Well I would rather drive but we have a medical issue which precludes long car trips. I have talk before about how long a train would take from here and still have the medical issue to contend with. Even a couple to three hours in the airplane is dicey but grand daughters are in Florida and we're in Texas so airport here we come..
  11. This would be an excellent use for the handful of Canadian coins that always end up in the coin jar.

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