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(NBC News)   TSA says that travelers left $500,000 at airport checkpoints last year. Apparently, after a full body search men automatically feel the need to leave a tip   (nbcnews.com ) divider line
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2013-02-20 09:36:57 AM  
All part of the plan. If you've flown recently, you'll notice the new, un-posted, un-publicized requirement to empty ALL your pockets. This makes sure you'll give your wallet to a blueshirt at the scanner, who promptly goes off to attend to other business. You have to wait to get it back, AND keep track of that one particular blueshirt. Last time she pushed me ahead on the conveyor and set the plastic bowl with my wallet down beside some other party.
 
2013-02-20 09:39:03 AM  
I left a favorite Rosary at a TSA checkpoint once and was sad.

But I assume the TSA staff there burned and collapsed into a pile of ash when they touched it, so I figure it all worked out okay in the end.
 
2013-02-20 09:46:02 AM  

i upped my meds-up yours: If you've flown recently, you'll notice the new, un-posted, un-publicized requirement to empty ALL your pockets


I have always fully emptied my pockets. Into the outer zipper pocket of my carryon, shortly after getting to the airport. I refill them immediately after going through security. I also carry my passport around my neck for ID, so I don't have to get at the wallet at the checkpoint.

I may consider moving the stuff to a deeper pocket now.
 
2013-02-20 10:12:38 AM  
I have a sneaking suspicion that the "spare" change was reported only because it is harder to sneak a bulging pocket full of quarters by the supervisor when it is time for shift change.  Folding money that can be slipped into the waistband of their froot-of-the-looms?  Easy money baby.
 
2013-02-20 10:46:44 AM  
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2013-02-20 10:58:06 AM  
How many hundred million people fly ever year?  That's like every hundredth person leaving a penny.
 
2013-02-20 11:10:13 AM  
Headline conveniently missing the word "accidentally" and it all makes sense.
FARK the TSA.
 
2013-02-20 11:18:23 AM  
Dominos TSA - molestation in 30 minutes or less.
 
2013-02-20 02:03:57 PM  
We should have another agency dedicated to reuniting citizens to their change.

sir, can you prove that quarter was yours,
 
2013-02-20 02:12:33 PM  
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We'll stop them, before they stop you...from....having your change!
 
2013-02-20 02:27:40 PM  
FTA: 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.


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2013-02-20 03:00:56 PM  
"The number of passengers that flew on U.S. airlines increased to 730 million in 2011 " http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/number-air-passengers-increased-2011-52 3 879

So if one out of 146 passengers forgets a penny...

/probably screwed up the math.
 
2013-02-20 03:38:48 PM  
They also left 947 diamond rings and 1023 iPads, plus 247 high-end cameras were left behind from their checked luggage.
 
2013-02-20 04:03:34 PM  

mark_bert: "The number of passengers that flew on U.S. airlines increased to 730 million in 2011 " http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/number-air-passengers-increased-2011-52 3 879

So if one out of 146 passengers forgets a penny...

/probably screwed up the math.



Looks right to me . . .

$50,000 * 100 ¢/$ = 5,000,000¢

5M¢  / 730M passengers = 1¢ / 146 passengers.
 
2013-02-20 05:29:58 PM  

i upped my meds-up yours: All part of the plan. If you've flown recently, you'll notice the new, un-posted, un-publicized requirement to empty ALL your pockets. This makes sure you'll give your wallet to a blueshirt at the scanner, who promptly goes off to attend to other business. You have to wait to get it back, AND keep track of that one particular blueshirt. Last time she pushed me ahead on the conveyor and set the plastic bowl with my wallet down beside some other party.


Dude, you put your wallet in your bag.  At least, that's what I do.
 
2013-02-20 07:49:19 PM  
Yea, you bastard TSA Agents won't even get the lint from my pockets. I regreet I won't be arount to see the day when the government decides you're not needed or replaces you with a more professional security system.
 
2013-02-20 09:45:36 PM  

Kanemano: We should have another agency dedicated to reuniting citizens to their change.

sir, can you prove that quarter was yours,


I've actually had that happen to me. Spotted a quarter on the floor after going through the metal detector, leaned to pick it up, and literally got screamed at by the TSA idiot. If I hadn't been traveling for something like 20 hours (counting a bus ride, a trip in the madrid metro, and the flight) at that point, I would have told him to fark off, but at that point, I didn't have the energy.
 
2013-02-20 09:48:14 PM  

Arctic Phoenix: i upped my meds-up yours: All part of the plan. If you've flown recently, you'll notice the new, un-posted, un-publicized requirement to empty ALL your pockets. This makes sure you'll give your wallet to a blueshirt at the scanner, who promptly goes off to attend to other business. You have to wait to get it back, AND keep track of that one particular blueshirt. Last time she pushed me ahead on the conveyor and set the plastic bowl with my wallet down beside some other party.

Dude, you put your wallet in your bag.  At least, that's what I do.


The process gets a lot easier if you take things off in line and put them in your bag. You plop the bag on the conveyer, take off your shoes, walk through, grab bag and shoes, walk over to a bench, and reassemble yourself in a much less frantic setting. And as a bonus, it's harder for TSA agents or other people to swipe stuff, since in order to do it, they would have to open your bag rather than just pocketing something.
 
2013-02-20 10:20:51 PM  

cptjeff: Arctic Phoenix: i upped my meds-up yours: All part of the plan. If you've flown recently, you'll notice the new, un-posted, un-publicized requirement to empty ALL your pockets. This makes sure you'll give your wallet to a blueshirt at the scanner, who promptly goes off to attend to other business. You have to wait to get it back, AND keep track of that one particular blueshirt. Last time she pushed me ahead on the conveyor and set the plastic bowl with my wallet down beside some other party.

Dude, you put your wallet in your bag.  At least, that's what I do.

The process gets a lot easier if you take things off in line and put them in your bag. You plop the bag on the conveyer, take off your shoes, walk through, grab bag and shoes, walk over to a bench, and reassemble yourself in a much less frantic setting. And as a bonus, it's harder for TSA agents or other people to swipe stuff, since in order to do it, they would have to open your bag rather than just pocketing something.


There should only be two things in your hand by the time you get to the checkpoint: Your ID and boarding pass. Everything else should be in your bag, including your wallet.
 
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