Travelers left behind more than $926,000 in unclaimed money at airport security checkpoints nationwide during the 2019 fiscal year, including nearly $33,000 at Los Angeles International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration announced Friday.
The TSA, which released figures regarding cash collected at airports during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2019, said in most cases “this money consists of coins that passengers remove from their pockets while undergoing security screening.”
There was no word if that amount was expected to be significantly reduced this year due to fewer travelers flying due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Of the total amount, nearly $19,000 was foreign currency.
The airports that accumulated the top five amounts of unclaimed money were:
— John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York at $98,110;
— San Francisco International Airport at $52,668.70;
— Miami International Airport at $47,694.03;
— McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas at $44,401.76; and
— Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at $40,218.19.
Passengers traveling through Los Angeles International Airport left behind $32,693.30, while Hollywood Burbank Airport collected $2,911.85.
The TSA said the unclaimed money is deposited into a special account that funds critical aviation security programs.
“It is always TSA’s goal to reunite travelers with items they have left behind at checkpoints,” according to a TSA statement. “If someone returns to the checkpoint within a short timeframe to claim an item that they left behind, it is easily returned to them. If a passenger leaves an item behind, such as a wallet, and does not realize it until after they board their flight, they can contact any of TSA’s lost-and-found offices at airports across the country to identify the lost item.”