About a million dollars in unintentional tips left to TSA by travelers in 2018


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was left with about $1 million in unintentional “tips” by travelers, the previous year i.e. 2018.

Travelers, those in a hurry to pass through the vigorous airport security barriers, frequently leave behind costly items including their mobiles, belts, laptops, etc.

While they do not intend to, they often manage to leave a lot of cash and coins behind as well.

In the year 2018, passengers left about $960,000 in the plastic containers at airport check-stations around the nation, as stated in a new report by the Transportation Security Administration.

This amount is about $90,000 more than passengers forgot behind as unintentional “tips” for TSA the preceding year, about $92,000 more than in the year 2016, and a great, $194,346.34 more than what was left behind by passengers in the year 2015.

According to the law, Transportation Security Administration has the right to utilize these sums for schemes that it deems significant for the civil aviation security, and in last years some of the amount left-behind has been utilized for the promotion of the Transportation Security Administration PreCheck program.

Most of the money that remains unclaimed/untaken from the previous few years is kept in TSA’s coffers, however, an NBC News report recently revealed that the Department of Homeland Security intends to use these funds to for border operations.

These funds have previously been used in paying for airports’ checkpoint care, the translation of signage into various languages and improvements to the Adjudication Center system.

True to suspicion, some of the biggest airports in the country gather the greatest amount of unclaimed cash and coins at the security check posts.

TSA’s Unclaimed Money at Airports report showed that travelers at the JFK International Airport left behind the most cash, about $72,000.