Lots of people don't bother to stop and pick up change any more, and that seems to include at airport security.
In 2010, the last year for which a full tally is available, US passengers going through security at airports in this country left behind almost $410,000 in change.
Now, i can get how this could happen. Flying terrifies me to no end, so i can see myself getting so flustered at setting off alarms and having to empty my pockets that i would walk off without emptying out the little tray or basket or whatever it is they use these days.
This is happening so much, however, that it's not just the scaredy cats like me. Seasoned travelers must be getting so distracted that they just don't think to grab their change after putting back on the shoes, socks, belt, coat, or whatever and grabbing the cell phone, wallet, laptop, etc.
No matter why it happens, this is adding up to a serious chunk of change, with JFK in New York leading the pack with $47,000 left there. And it's not just Americans, as tourists from other countries, or citizens here leaving for overseas, left $30,000 in foreign currency behind as part of the overall total.
So, what happens to all the unclaimed loot? Right now, it goes into the TSA budget. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., wants to divert that money to a more worthy cause. The problem there is defining worthy. He's thinking the USO, but that would have pacifists upset. In fact, i dare you to find one "worthy" cause that wouldn't have people upset about money going there.
This means it's time to take time to grab your change, people. That way you can decide what worthy cause to give it to, even if it's a vending machine at the gate.
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Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders, 1639
The first Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland, 1656
Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga, 1776
The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia,1857
The Romania principality arises under King Alexander Cuza, with Bucharest as the capital, 1862
General Baden-Powell's publication of Scouting for Boys starts the Boy Scouts movement, 1908
The Gregorian calendar introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People's Commissars effective from February 14(NS), 1918
Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada, 1952
A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost, 1961
Jackie Robinson is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, 1962
Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II, 1972
Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor on board, burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered, 1978
The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale, 1984
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