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TSA reports more than $900k in left behind cash at airport checkpoints

Previously undisclosed TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers
Posted at 10:40 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 10:40:13-04

BALTIMORE — The TSA is reminding travelers to collect all their belongings after going through security at airports, because last fiscal year agents recovered more than $900,000 cash left behind.

Out of the $926,030.44 found, $18,899.09 was in foreign bills.

The money was made up of loose change and paper bills passengers removed from their pockets prior to being screened.

TSA has recovered nearly $1.9 million in lost money over the last two years.

To avoid losing money in the future, TSA recommends travelers place it in their carry-on bags so they will not accidentally leave anything behind in a bin.

Below is a breakdown of the five airports where passengers left the most money behind.

1. John F. Kennedy International Airport - $98,110

2. San Francisco International Airport - $52,668.70

3. Miami International Airport - $47,694.03

4. McCarran International Airport - $44,401.76

5. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - $40,218.19

The unclaimed money has been deposited into a special account for critical aviation security programs.

If you think you lost a wallet or any item at a TSA security checkpoint, call their lost and found office.