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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vladimir sonofobitch

January 14th, 2012
8:48 am

I’m glad they send the money in for operating expenses. That’s $400,000 less that will have to be collected in the form of taxes that we pay. Think about it people.

vladimir sonofobitch

January 14th, 2012
9:07 am

Hey So Sad. Wow. You need to read your own post on talking down to people and then read your other post. Practice what you preach. I, on the other hand, don’t give a flying **ck if I offend you or anyone else.

TSA are idiots and so are most of the people that I have the unfortunate pleasure of following through security on a regular basis. I have EVERYTHING out of my pockets and in the front pocket of my bag well before getting up to security. NOTICE: You DON’T need to take out the little plastic bag holding your liquids and gels. Keep it in your bag, the x-ray sees them and it’s fine. I haven’t removed my plastic bag in over a year and a half. Also, you DON’T need to remove you belt unless you’re going through the stand-sup “See ya naked” scanner. I wear easy to slip off and on shoes so I’m not sitting there holding up the line untying them. If you have a laptop, take it out of your bag and put it in a bin BY ITSELF. If you have a tablet, those do NOT need to be removed from the bag and placed in a tray. Keep them in your bag.

I travel a lot and try to be considerate of everyone by being prepared WELL BEFORE I go through security. It’s just too bad that most everyone else is too stupid and inconsiderate.

TSA needs to be run by private industry and not by Govt. period. They could get it done for less money and would do a better job.


January 14th, 2012
9:20 am

If you leave your money behind, touch crap. Who cares what they do with it. If they want to put it into a jar and have a big party at the end of they year, that is their choice. Next time you find a quarter on the ground make sure you take it straight to a charity. This is a non story!!!!


January 14th, 2012
9:53 am

Answer: Just don’t have carry any change into the airport…end of conversation!

[...] The Transportation Safety Administration has identified a new revenue source: change left behind in  airport security lines. [...]


January 14th, 2012
11:30 am

Sounds like a great place for a Year around Salvation Army Bucket.


January 14th, 2012
12:19 pm

The change should go to charity; not TSA’s pocket. That’s terrible.


January 14th, 2012
12:44 pm

I agree with WN and Val.
My charity or your charity or their charity? Devil IS in the details.
Is anything worthwhile being done with all the confiscated oversize liquid and gel containers?
I don’t agree with everything Vladimir posted but emptying your pockets into a pocket of your carry-on is a practical approach and doing it early speeds up everyone’s travel through the screening line.
It’s a shame that 9/11 succeeded in ruining the travel experience of much of the world. Has anyone calculated the increased cost of travel that Osama inflicted on us all?


January 14th, 2012
12:50 pm

I simply try not to fly…the unprofessional, boyz from the hood TSA agents in Atlanta are a shame!

[...] The Transportation Safety Administration has identified a new revenue source: change left behind in  airport security lines. [...]

big government sucks

January 14th, 2012
12:56 pm

it’s got to bo 4 times that amount when you concider what makes it into the “officers” pockets

Darvocet spending

January 14th, 2012
1:33 pm

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.

Yes it’s almost as if their job is more important than bagging groceries or something

Darvocet spending

January 14th, 2012
1:34 pm

Another great place to find lots of loose change is Six Flags… the FreeFall was the the great when it was still around.

Darvocet spending

January 14th, 2012
1:35 pm


January 14th, 2012
12:50 pm

I simply try not to fly…the unprofessional, boyz from the hood TSA agents in Atlanta are a shame!

You’re just saying that because they’re mostly black and you’re a lily white racist.

Darvocet spending

January 14th, 2012
1:37 pm

All of you are so outraged over the possibility you’ll lose 56¢ and those swarthy TSA agents will be laughing all the way to the bank with it muwahahaha

Get a grip. Christ.


January 14th, 2012
2:46 pm

Almost half a million bucks is no pocket change…really. It should go to a charity and not allowed to be used for TSAs discretionary spending fund…that’s crazy.

Watch close

January 14th, 2012
3:33 pm

They are breaking the Law. They are to leave the money in lost and found for 30 days. If then left unclaim then they can apply for it . It ’s in the Books. But why are they not following the law as it is written.


January 14th, 2012
3:54 pm

vladimir :
I do everything you do except I don’t carry liquids. I experience the same thing you and everyone else does, however I don’t feel the need to call people idiots like you do. You need a course in anger management or maybe you’re just an arrogant narcissistic a**hole.

steal it

January 14th, 2012
5:28 pm

low rent tsa crooks are now stealing people’s spare change??? are you serious??? amazing—will they go to jail?


January 14th, 2012
5:31 pm

vladimir sonofobitch. you are one angry, impatient dude….


January 14th, 2012
5:55 pm

I wonder at times about our education system. People complain about government agencies as if they choose their own rules.
TSA did not create its self. It was created by the US House and Senate when they wrote the Aviation Transportation Act. They voted on it then the president then signed it into law.
If you want them gone, talk to your Congressional Representatives. They are the only ones that can change it.
What would happen if the government eliminated TSA and aviation security? Would you still fly or be here criticizing the issue as people unwilling to accept the risks?
By the way, money left (abandoned) becomes federal property and must be placed into an agencies general fund as defined by other federal laws.
And to think, I served in the U.S. Military to allow you to have your opinions.


January 14th, 2012
6:35 pm

The TSA protects America–and is soley responsible for preventing terrorist attacks on this great Nation! The TSA should be doubled, or tripled, in size!

Not a Traveler Because...

January 14th, 2012
7:13 pm

The United States military protects this great nation from terrorists. The TSA protects us from five-year olds with sippy cups and grandmothers with knitting needles.


January 14th, 2012
7:27 pm

Abolish the TSA! Start over!

Travel Pro

January 14th, 2012
7:41 pm

Some of the TSA agents are so rude and I really think that must be the requirement to be hired as one. What is wrong with these people? Just because they wear an uniform does not mean that they are superior to others. I have witnessed one African American female agent yelling at a poor old foreign lady to take off her knitted cap at the Atlanta airport about a month ago. That lady either did not understand or she was hard of hearing. The agent got in front of the lady’s face and yelled at the lady like she had committed a serious crime. At that time, it was obvious to other passengers around them to know she had no idea what the agent was yelling about. A bunch of us jumped in and did the hand sign for her to remove her knitted cap and she complied immediately. That was all the agent had to do, instead, she had to show her authority to terrorize an old lady. What a disgrace she was.

tsa--a total disgrace

January 14th, 2012
7:58 pm

the power hungry thugs at tsa get a shiny badge and then order people around like slaves, because they can. they are a disgrace to the country.

Dr. Eddie

January 14th, 2012
8:26 pm

Are they reporting this to the IRS?

Dr. J.

January 14th, 2012
10:57 pm

There. It’s been said by multiple posters: ABOLISH THE TSA. Better yet, abolish the followign departments and agencies: Commerce, Labor, Energy, Education, HUD, Interior, IRS, NLRB, and Homeland Security. All of the above are almost as bad as TSA and never should have been created in the first place.


January 14th, 2012
11:33 pm

This is a non story. Next…


January 15th, 2012
1:44 am

Governor Rick Perry said abolish three agencies or was it two


January 15th, 2012
9:29 am

Get rid of the TSA & you will have a lot more than angry passengers; you will have more terrorist getting on the plane. I do not mind the TSA one bit. They do their job & keep the airports & plans safe from terroists.


January 15th, 2012
10:43 am

My dear @ vladamir you don’t seriously think that the government will take that 400k and suddenly say “hey we can trim our budget now by 400k, yes!”.

[...] The Transportation Safety Administration has identified a new revenue source: change left behind in  airport security lines. [...]

A. S. Mathew

January 16th, 2012
5:18 am

The money has to be donated to some soup kitchens, not to TSA.

Jeane Hafner

January 17th, 2012
1:23 am

In short… I have already been convinced by the economic tin-foil-hat-wearers with regards to the marketplace. Has anyone identified any ray of optimism throughout this “slow-down”?


January 17th, 2012
11:54 am

What about, “Excuse me, Sir/Miss, you forgot your change?”


January 17th, 2012
4:41 pm

The focal point here being, do not leave your change behind unless you do not mind it going to anyone who finds it. We all have the power to choose.


January 19th, 2012
5:41 am

to vladimirsonofobitch:
You come by your name honestly. Remember that a lot of people don’t travel often. Why not give them the benefit of the doubt and not assume they are stupid or inconsiderate? Maybe they’re a bit overwhelmed and don’t know what to do…..