TSA: Don’t forget your pocket change at Hartsfield-Jackson

Travelers making their way through security at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have left behind more than $16,000 in those trays that hold your pocket change, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

NBC reports that travelers left a total of $409,085.56 in loose change after clearing TSA security checkpoints at airports across the country in 2010.

Hartsfield-Jackson ranked No. 3 with $16,523.83 collected, compared with $46,918.06 left at John F. Kennedy International in New York, which ranked No. 1, and $19,110.83 left at Los Angeles International Airport, which ranked No. 2.

The change, in addition to foreign currency, is usually thrown into a jar and counted at the end of the day, a spokeswoman told NBC. The money, which amounted to $399,000 in 2009 and $364,000 a year earlier, is sent to the TSA for its general operating budget, spokeswoman Nico Melendez said

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cash out

January 13th, 2012
3:09 pm

the tsa crooks probably steal all that money at the end of the year for parties, gifts, etc.

El Gato Malo

January 13th, 2012
3:27 pm

Does anybody really believe that those thugs working at TSA turn in all the money?

bob

January 13th, 2012
3:34 pm

I imagine they’re making a killing off the water bottles that I throw away everytime I get to the line.

Serious RACISTS...

January 13th, 2012
3:38 pm

Just amazing how you all just talk down about people you know nothing about…

Thomas

January 13th, 2012
3:40 pm

“Serious” has obviously never been through airport security.

Atlanta

January 13th, 2012
3:41 pm

I sure there is a local food bank in Atlanta that could make $16,000 go a long way(:

Darvocet spending

January 13th, 2012
3:47 pm

El Gato Malo

January 13th, 2012
3:27 pm

Does anybody really believe that those thugs working at TSA turn in all the money?

No. I wouldn’t–and I doubt you would, either.

mojo3

January 13th, 2012
3:52 pm

Why not donate the money to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, some organizations or agencies which
HELP those in NEED??? Why not initiate a, “Pay it Forward’ mindset? (Quite sure many would be elated over your doing so.)

America is dead

January 13th, 2012
3:56 pm

Great… we lose our rights and they get half a million dollars to fund their fascist organization.

KJ

January 13th, 2012
3:57 pm

“Just amazing how you all just talk down about people you know nothing about”

No, it’s amazing that you’re dumb enough to inject race into a discussion that has nothing to do with it.

Dr. J.

January 13th, 2012
4:06 pm

George Bush was a traitor to ever create TSA, just like Obama is a traitor for allowing it to continue. TSA’s function is what the federal DOT should be doing. As usual, government is expanded and duplicated in cost. Why not use the money to pay of the national debt instead of having it get absorbed by the TSA bureaucracy?

papa rider

January 13th, 2012
4:09 pm

I agree, the money should be donated to a charity? If they can’t find a charity, a donation to my retirement account would be appreciated.

littleoleme

January 13th, 2012
4:23 pm

“Just amazing how you all just talk down about people you know nothing about”

“No, it’s amazing that you’re dumb enough to inject race into a discussion that has nothing to do with it.”

Did I miss something, because nowhere in that statement did the person mention race.

Jay

January 13th, 2012
4:23 pm

“Serious”…look up the word “racist” in a dictionary and then get back to us….

tom d.

January 13th, 2012
4:27 pm

Or give a few dollar bills to every person that they give a hard time to going thru TSA security. So they can buy some food on the plane. But i bet that is too much customer service.

Jai

January 13th, 2012
4:29 pm

That’s pitiful. That money should be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank or Hosea Williams Heed the Hungry. Putting this money in the operating budget amounts to greed.

A.B. Normal

January 13th, 2012
4:33 pm

“General operating budget” my BUT-TOCKS!! It’s going straight into some managers pocket!

Just a Thought

January 13th, 2012
4:38 pm

How is TSA at fault. These people abandoned their change, If you run it through the scanner and leave it, it’s NOT TSA fault. It’s not illegal to bring change through the airport security, you just have run it through. Some of you have probably never flown.

BS

January 13th, 2012
4:39 pm

The TSA has an impossible job – the flying public wants it to stop anything bad from happening while not inconveniencing anyone. Needless to say they were destined to fail on both accounts. That said, I am sure the amount of change people leave other places such as hotels, taxis, probably even airplanes dwarfs the $500K reported here, yet since no one keeps track,no one cares. Would it have been a better PR move to donate it to a charity? Probably. At least if it is going back into the general budget, it actually does save either tax money or airport fees that would other wise be needed to make up that deficit (it is a predictable source of revenue that is likely budgeted in).

casper09

January 13th, 2012
5:12 pm

casper09

January 13th, 2012
5:16 pm

let someone get on a plane with a bomb or some weapon and what would people have to say i feel these tsa workers perform under a great deal of pressure we all understand there are times when we all feel our rights and freedom have been viloated but it seems like a necessary thing to do stip blaming bush, obama they are trying to keep us safe

Kapoonka

January 13th, 2012
5:18 pm

Not quite sure if folks are just in a rush or stupid. I pick up everything I send through the belt…what am I missing here? It seems to me the logical responsibility to recover what YOU send thrrough should be with the traveler, not the TSA. Geeeeeez!

David Granger

January 13th, 2012
5:28 pm

…and that’s just the amount they actually turn in. No telling how much the total is if you figure in all that the TSA people just stick in their own pockets.

WendelllovesJanet

January 13th, 2012
5:37 pm

I agree, I think that TSA have one of the craziest jobs..and for that pay..they do need the change..I find it funny that leaving change turns into some race issue.folks come on..

rpguy

January 13th, 2012
6:08 pm

That’s just the $ amount that’s accounted. Imagine the real figure. Probably 15-20% more if not higher. I would say that’s the amount after the “free lunches”.

Ueeediot

January 13th, 2012
6:16 pm

What do you do with money you find on the ground? Do you give it to charity? I much doubt it.
Should the TSA do the same? Probably would help their image with foolish people. People who love liberty and freedom will continue to decry the infringement of their right to travel anonymously. (Who is protecting the hundreds of people crowded in the queue to go through security?)

But since the TSA has yet to fully blossom and mature, people will continue to think TSA means Aiport Security, when the real facts are that the TSA is expanding and growing. They are taking over at rail stations, public highways, Amtrack, cruise ships, and anything to do with “transportation”.

And cry me a river that they dont get paid well. The job is advertised to pay what it pays. If you need a job that pays more, find one.

Scott

January 13th, 2012
6:35 pm

Here’s an idea. Instead of getting mad at TSA for keeping the money, let’s not leave change in the first place!

Sam of GA

January 13th, 2012
6:35 pm

Why is this a big deal. People simply left money behind. The TSA should keep it and put it in to thier budget. Next issue?

Ric

January 13th, 2012
6:43 pm

I can’t believe that they wouldn’t just donate it to Creflo Dollar ministries.

robert stokely

January 13th, 2012
7:25 pm

TSA is violating Georgia law on abondoned property. Georgia law requires that the abandoned property be turned over to the State of Georgia and if not claimed within seven years, the state keeps it. If the Feds are going to claim absolute dominin over illegals entering this country, then they need to defer to the State Rights on abandoned property. Hartsfield is a public airport and not federal property.

This is Mrs.Norman Maine

January 13th, 2012
7:46 pm

People whine and complain about the TSA but they got exactly what they asked for. When they at first envisioned TSA, they assumed they would only stop Arabs and other “ethnicities” so they were A-OK with it. Surprise! The TSA inconveniences everyone since after all, they would be hugely ineffective if they didn’t and now everyone is all upset about it. LOL. Some of us tried to warn you about the proverbial slippery slope. Now it’s here. Just deal with it.

HENRY

January 13th, 2012
7:52 pm

SO I PAID FOR THAT STRIP SEARCH ??????

crooks

January 13th, 2012
8:22 pm

the tsa are robbing people blind by keeping all this money—they should be in jail.

Riiiiiight....

January 13th, 2012
8:40 pm

Like the HS dropout losers that are TSA screeners are not going to pocket that money. Sure.

LOL at Ric’s comment. He’s prpbably right. I’m sure at least some of it got to Rev. “gimmeyo” Dollar. THAT scumbag is another story unto himself….

So Sad

January 13th, 2012
8:40 pm

It is so sad that so many of you that regularly post on the AJC are such negative people that think the worst of everyone but yourselves, especially as an earlier poster said, about people you know nothing about. Your posts speak volumes about your pitiful and depressing approach to life. Remember, the measure you use to judge other people, is the measure by which you will be judged. I feel sorry for your families. But then again, some of you are so cynical, unhappy, miserable, and irreligious, you probably drove away most of your families and friends!

Cynthia

January 13th, 2012
8:53 pm

People are talking as if the TSA agents are stealing that money. News flash: if you don’t want the TSA agents to have your loose change, then pay attention! I have no doubt people leave a couple nickels here and a quarter there. They think nothing of it, but when hundreds of thousands of people do it, then it adds up.

Mr. Know It All

January 13th, 2012
9:22 pm

They don’t even think about giving the money to the rightful owner. When you forget your change at Publix they will chase you to the parking lot if necessary to give it back no matter how little it is.

So Sad

January 13th, 2012
9:41 pm

@Mr Know It All: it is obvious you do not pass through airport security on a regular basis. Publix baggers chasing down clueless people who left their change in the store is no comparison to TSA agents checking for weapons and bombs. You must gave an extremely sub pat IQ! Just look at how many loaded guns have been confiscated in the past two months! As the old saying goes, When God was passing out brains, you thought he was saying pains and hid behind the door. You idiot bloggers say so much about the failure of Georgia’s education system. Are y’all in a contest to see who can post the dumbest comments?

So Sad

January 13th, 2012
9:45 pm

How many of you idiots even made it through Georgia’s sub par educational program? Mr Know It Nothing must have slept through high school.

Beretverde

January 13th, 2012
9:56 pm

I wonder if the American Legion or VFW were in place of the TSA? They would have collected over a million dollars and had a million in collected donations. Screw those black booted NAZIS. We are not the enemy!

Rev Al Sharpton

January 13th, 2012
10:04 pm

Don’t make me come down there! Where Jessee?

Big Rudy

January 13th, 2012
10:16 pm

It averages out to be $1.88 per hr. for Atlanta. Let them split it. There is probably 40 or more of them working. That’s $.04 per hr each. Extra Extra read all about it.

Big Rudy

January 13th, 2012
10:17 pm

Heck, cut Al and Jesse in…

Clark Howard Jr.

January 13th, 2012
10:23 pm

Duh!!! If you put change in the container take it out once you’re through security. Idiots!!! They can do what they want to with it at that point. Why is this a story?

rip off

January 14th, 2012
12:58 am

more rip offs from the low rent thugs at tsa–now they are stealing coins from passengers.

Kunta Kinte

January 14th, 2012
1:50 am

Tim

January 14th, 2012
2:45 am

To the couple of dummies who thought “Serious” was being racist, Look or shall I say read before you speak, he goes by the name of “Serious Racist”, he didn’t say anything racist you big Dummy. SMH
Also to the poster “So Sad” i’m quite sure the poster Mr.Know it all” was just being facetious. Probably the same reason he calls himself Mr know it all (not meant to be taken seriously)….As far as the change goes don’t leave it behind if you don’t want someone else to have it. Tons amounts of change is left at casinos, self checkout at stores, etc etc

Don

January 14th, 2012
6:52 am

I’m betting that “Georgia Law on Abandoned Property” applies to property above a certain value. Each tray would be a different “property”. So, unless that quarter you found last week was covered, the law doesn’t apply.

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January 14th, 2012
8:06 am

The TSA needs to be abolished. Or at least their badges taken away. What a joke of a government “agency”

Bill

January 14th, 2012
8:44 am

Maybe the traveler intended to leave it as a tip for the TSA. Now that’s thinking outside the box.