Passengers Left Behind More Than $926,000 at U.S. Airport Security Checkpoints Last Year

August 22, 2020

If you went through an airport security checkpoint in 2019, there's a good chance you left behind some money as you did.

The Transportation Security Administration said it collected $926,030.44 in unclaimed cash that was left behind in bins at checkpoints in airports throughout the country during the fiscal year. This includes almost $19,000 in foreign currency.

The five airports with the highest amounts left behind by passengers include:

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

Passengers going through Pittsburgh International Airport left behind $5,347.34.

As of September 2019, the TSA had more than $3.6 million in unclaimed money, which is then typically used by the TSA for training purposes, maintenance or signage.

If you leave an item behind, you can try returning to the checkpoint if it's within a short time span or you can contact a TSA lost and found office.

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