By now, most people are familiar with the airport security routine. Liquids have to be in small bottles, bags and shoes go on the X-ray belt, put all your metal in the small bowl, and don’t forget to pick up everything on the other side.
Yet some people forget or choose to leave their pocket change behind, which the TSA then collects. And it all adds up to a shockingly large amount. According to its annual report to Congress, in 2015 alone the agency amassed a record $765,759 in loose, unclaimed coins.
This topped 2014’s total by almost $100,000 and is almost double the $383,413 from 2008.
“TSA makes every effort to reunite passengers with items left at the checkpoint, however there are instances where loose change or other items are left behind and unclaimed,” the agency said in a statement. “Receipts of unclaimed money are deposited into a Special Fund account so that the resources can be tracked easily and subsequently expended.”
In other words, the TSA is probably throwing one hell of an employee pizza party with all our forgotten dough.