The TSA Collected $675K In Coins From Travelers Last Year

April 13, 2015  |  

So you’ve taken off your coat, belt, jewelry and shoes, emptied your pockets, Ziplocked your toiletries, and pulled your electronic devices from their bags, in preparation for the security check at the airport. A few coins fall into the bin, but you’re so eager to get dressed and repack that you just leave those pennies, nickels and dimes there.

In case you’ve forgotten, those coins are real money. And real money adds up to serious money given enough time. The Transportation Security Administration collected $674,841.06 at airports nationwide last year. That’s up from about $383,000 in 2008.

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City topped the list of airports dropping coin with $42,550, followed by Los Angeles International ($41,506.64) and San Francisco International ($34,889.63).

“According to federal law, the TSA can spend the loose change on anything it deems important for civil aviation security,” reports Gizmodo.

So think about that change that you’re leaving at the bottom of your purse or the seat cushions of your couch. Your next big purchase could start with a few nickels buried where you aren’t even looking.

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