Travelers lost over $950,000 in cash in airport security, TSA says. Where did it go?

Maddie Capron
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Did you forget your money going through airport security? If so, you’re certainly not alone.

Passengers left behind more than $956,000 in security checkpoint bins during the 2019 fiscal year, Transportation Security Administration officials said Friday.

Nearly $19,000 was in foreign currency, TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said on Twitter. Passengers at five airports across the country left behind the most money.

Travelers going through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York left the most money behind, with more than $98,100, Farbstein said. San Francisco International travelers forgot $52,668.70 in security bins.

Miami International passengers lost $47,694.03 while going through security, McCarran International travelers in Las Vegas lost $44,401.76, and Dallas-Fort Worth International passengers forgot $40,218.19, Farbstein said.

Even more money was found in fiscal year 2018, when TSA officials recovered $960,105.49, Farbstein said.

What happens to all that cash?

“The unclaimed money found at TSA checkpoints was deposited into a special fund account for providing critical aviation security programs,” Farbstein said.