The Essentials

The Surprising Amount of Money Left Behind with TSA

Here’s a number that might surprise you. 


Every time travelers are told to empty all their pockets before going through security, that doesn’t necessarily mean they remember to put everything back when they clear security — and in particular — they are leaving behind money. 


Between October 2017 and last September, airline passengers left nearly $1 million in unclaimed currency.


So where does all that money go?


Does it go to charity? The answer is no. The TSA claims the agency uses it for training more officers.


Want to keep all of your money the next time you go to the airport? Pack it in a ziploc bag inside your carry-on bag before you even get to the airport. It’s as simple as that.