Last year travelers left nearly $1 million behind at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints across the country, according to an annual report released by the TSA. The Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area accounted for about $60,000 of the total amount.
Washington Dulles International Airport topped the local list of airports with over $31,000 in unclaimed money. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports each had a little over $14,000.
TSA said they “make every effort to reunite passengers with items they have left at checkpoints” but sometimes, it goes unclaimed. The agency said advertisements at the bottom of bins can cause distraction and using multiple bins usually leads to belongings being left behind.
The funds recovered by TSA are deposited into a special account and documented. In previous years the money has been used for checkpoint maintenance, checkpoint signs in different languages and PreCheck, the report said. But, it has not yet been decided what the 2018 funds will be used for.
John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York led the United States with over $72,000 being left behind. Los Angeles International Airport was second, just $1,000 behind JFK, and Miami International Airport rounded out the top three with $50,000.
Since 2013 airports have seen a steady increase in loose change collected at airport security checkpoints, the report said.