TRAVELERS Lost about $900K at U.S. Airport Checkpoints in 2019

TRAVELERS Lost about $900K at U.S. Airport Checkpoints in 2019

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Travelers left behind nearly a million dollars of money at various airport security checkpoints across the United States in 2019.

AP News cited a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) report, which revealed that travelers lost $926,000 at 75 airports. Federal regulators said much of the lost money consisted of loose change. Some of them were paper currency that passengers removed from their pockets during security screening process.

According to the report, the largest sums were lost at airports in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Las Vegas and Dallas.

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John F. Kennedy International Airport topped the list, where authorities found just over $98,000. At San Francisco International, they collected over $50,000. Meanwhile, Miami International, McCarran International in Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth all collected over $40,000.

As a result, the TSA has advised travelers to put cash into carry-on bags. The agency has also reminded those who have lost money that they can contact the TSA’s lost-and-found office at the airport.

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said authorities also recovered a whopping $960,105 lost money in 2018.

Farbstein explained that they deposit the unclaimed money into a special fund account for providing critical aviation security programs.

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