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House votes to give away TSA’s $500,000 yearly loose change

The House on Tuesday voted to turn over money left at checkpoints by passengers to nonprofit groups such as the USO for airport rest areas for members of the military and their families.


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WASHINGTON — Those nickels and dimes left behind by harried passengers at airport checkpoints sure add up — about $500,000 a year.

But rather than let the Transportation Security Administration continue to use the unclaimed money to fund its operations, the House on Tuesday voted to turn it over to nonprofit groups such as the USO to provide airport rest areas for members of the military and their families.

The TSA Loose Change Act, which passed on a voice vote, heads to the Senate.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, got the idea for the measure while passing through a checkpoint and noticing the change left behind.

“What may seem like a small amount of change — nickels, dimes, quarters, pennies — amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and can make a significant difference if used wisely,” Miller told colleagues Tuesday.

TSA collected $531,395 in fiscal 2012, according to the agency.

Passengers at Miami International Airport left behind $39,613 in fiscal 2012; travelers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport left $22,115; Los Angeles International Airport passengers left behind $21, 916; and $21,201 was left by passengers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

President Obama earlier this year signed the Clothes a Homeless Hero Act directing TSA to transfer clothing forgotten at airport checkpoints to veterans groups or other charities for distribution to homeless or needy veterans and their families.



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