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(Fox News)   Travelers leave $500,000 in loose change at airport security checkpoints due to being in a hurry, forgetfulness, leaving a nice tip after going through the TSA cavity search   ( foxnews.com) divider line
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2013-12-02 09:17:30 AM  

Last time I flew from Belgium to the US, I "Traded" two bars of Belgian chocolate for a notice that the TSA had been in my bag.
2013-12-02 09:27:12 AM  
I thought American airport security was an overstaffed, invasive, ineffective group of idiots.

Then I visited Australia.

Holy shiat, mates, are you serious?
2013-12-02 09:41:47 AM  
Well, aren't you supposed to pay after having your junk touched by a stranger?
2013-12-02 09:52:01 AM  
Let's see...$500,000 in change...about 47,000 screening agents...~$10.64 a person each year.

/nice tip indeed
2013-12-02 10:03:58 AM  
Ha, suckers.  I gained about $5 in dollar coins last time I went though TSA.  I suppose I should just assume they fell out of someone's pocket when they were rifling through my laptop bag?

/weren't there on the start of the trip
//fell out on the scanner when I opened my bag for scanning on the return trip
///agent gave me a wary eye when I said "hey, where did those come from?" then let me pass
2013-12-02 10:40:40 AM  
That's a half million over TWO years. The amount it cost to count and compile that information probably cost three million.
2013-12-02 11:26:18 AM  
Enjoy my ass pennies, TSA!
2013-12-02 11:32:00 AM  
I'm on a plane now. Barely made it at sjc.

-One of the busiest flying days of the year

-a flight I've made many times on the same day

-Security much longer than I've ever seen it

-4 of ten xray lines closed

-badged tsa officers puahuing theien new 'clear' sense service - $180 a year to skip the line

Step 1. Artificially create demand by limiting access points and increasing wait Times

Step 2. Open a new service to skip the line

Step 3. Profit
2013-12-02 11:42:14 AM  
"Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has introduced legislation that would require the TSA to transfer unclaimed money recovered from airport security checkpoints to nonprofit organizations that operate airport programs in support of the military."

I'm all for supporting the military but 500k isn't really much money in the grand scheme of things. Even if you set up something simple, like a free cup of coffee to military members passing through the airport, you would end up spending way more than 500k a year.
2013-12-02 12:10:12 PM  
I dunno, $500,000 in a year divided by number of flyers wouldn't seem to be much, or even by the number of airports. I wouldn't be surprised if this was around the amount of money found in rental cars or in taxis if you add it all up.
2013-12-02 12:15:33 PM  
Ass pennies, make them work for their tip.
2013-12-02 12:27:12 PM  
Christ, my pockets aren't THAT big.
2013-12-02 12:42:12 PM  
That's what, a nickle per person? Less?
2013-12-02 01:25:31 PM  
this is a non story, by the time you divided up amongst the millions of travelers its pennies a person.
2013-12-02 02:32:44 PM  
Miami: $39,613
Las Vegas: $26,900
Chicago O'Hare: $22,115
Los Angeles International: $21,916
New York-JFK: $21,201
Dallas-Fort Worth: $21,090
San Francisco: $19,873
Boston: $16,405
Houston-Intercontinental: $16,000
Washington-Dulles: $16,000
Phoenix-Sky Harbor: $10,492
Atlantic City: $350.56
Guam: $1.70

2013-12-02 04:02:00 PM  
Ah no, you don't understand. It's very complicated. It's uh it's aggregate, so I'm talking about fractions of a penny here. And over time they add up to a lot.
2013-12-02 05:26:57 PM  

Arctic Phoenix: Ah no, you don't understand. It's very complicated. It's uh it's aggregate, so I'm talking about fractions of a penny here. And over time they add up to a lot.

Of course it's company policy never to, imply ownership in the event of a penny... always use the indefinite article a penny, never your penny.
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