TSA is cashing in on your loose change

TSA is cashing in on your loose change

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You pack your bags and head to security, but many of you are leaving something behind during the millions of security screenings each year.

Loose change, and it's adding up. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) collected more than $756,000 in unclaimed money in fiscal year 2015.

Here at Richmond international Airport (RIC), passengers left behind $4,879.58.

3.5 million people passed through the airport in calendar year 2015.

In D.C. at Dulles International Airport, passengers left behind $22,234.27 in forgotten pennies, nickels and dimes.

In Charlotte, the TSA collected $5,079.37.

A record number of passengers are predicted to fly this summer, and frustrations around the country over the long TSA security lines are growing.

So, what is the TSA doing with this extra money? By law, the agency does get to keep it.

The TSA says it will use it to support its PreCheck Expansion Project, which is an effort to expedite the screening process and reduce those long lines.

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