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Posted By: MissMolly, 8/23/2020 4:55:02 AM

Those plastic bins at airport security checkpoints where you deposit your valuables for screening are doubling as bank teller windows for the Transportation Security Administration. Passengers left behind nearly $1 million at airport security checkpoints during fiscal year 2019, which ended last Oct. 1, according to a newly released report by the TSA. Officers collected $926,030.44 in U.S. currency and $18,899.09 in foreign currency that was left behind in the form of coins and cash from Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019. Bustling New Yorkers sprinting through of John F. Kennedy International Airport forgot the most money, nearly $100,000.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: George R. 8/23/2020 6:08:32 AM (No. 518115)
The $900,000. is what was turned in; very probably $16,MM was lost.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: gwholmessr 8/23/2020 7:49:10 AM (No. 518152)
Number 1 you beat me to it. You gotta believe twice that much was pocketed
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Reply 3 - Posted by: 3XALADY 8/23/2020 8:00:49 AM (No. 518165)
How many terrorists has TSA caught recently? Asking for a friend. Why are we still paying for and going thru this?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bigfatslob 8/23/2020 9:30:54 AM (No. 518249)
No wonder there's a 'coin shortage' the TSA has it all. People are too casual about coinage, my wife is. I'm sure this is hard currency, coins, but like other comments it's probably really double that amount. 2019 might have been a banner year but not so much for 2020.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: anniebc 8/23/2020 10:53:16 AM (No. 518332)
Left behind my behind. Government robs US left and right. "The TSA's cash haul was down from fiscal year 2018, when officers found $960,105." "The free money, however, is neither handed out to employees nor put toward an airport bar happy hour for the officers who found it. The Department of Homeland Security is required to turn over every penny, and it is put into a special fund for critical aviation security programs." As previous posters wrote, the employees got their cut off the top. When I've gone through TSA, there's staff at the front of the X-ray, but not always at the end. Common sense with a view to help prevent flyers from losing so much of the "TSA cash haul," would be to station staff at the end of the X-ray to ensure the protection of all our personal items, including cash. But, if you want to have extra money for critical aviation security programs, this thinking won't occur to you. They're also collecting weapons. Should we deduce that they're using these weapons for critical aviation security programs too; like handing them out to staff? Seriously?
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Reply 6 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 8/23/2020 11:41:05 AM (No. 518387)
TSA doesn't always put everything back where they found it. They saw something in my carry on luggage, and asked permission to check (really can't say no). It was the AC adapter for my laptop. They did not put it back in the bag, but instead put it through in a separate tray without telling me. Nearly walked off without it. They never said a word. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING BEFORE LEAVING THE SECURITY CHECKPOINT!!! Go through your carry on bags and make sure everything is accounted for. This is one reason why you want to get to the airport early.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DVC 8/23/2020 12:18:28 PM (No. 518433)
Referring to the guns also found at TSA checkpoints, "...a staggering 7 or 8 were loaded,". Well, of course. An unloaded gun is just about useless, a poor bludgeon. But being so scatterbrained as to forget where you put your gun, and having it in your carry on bags is pretty dumb. My rule is that before every airline trip, the carry on bag is COMPLETELY emptied, all compartments opened and a hand run through (black nylon can hide dark items pretty effectively) each pocket/pouch. Then it is loaded for the trip with TSA approved items only. Since many of my various bags have a gun or ammo in them at some time, this is an important check.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: dirtyjersey 8/23/2020 2:30:13 PM (No. 518544)
$926k? Oh that’s mine. Thanks for finding it.
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