$400,000 In Change

January 14, 2012 by staff 

$400,000 In Change, Rushing to catch a flight is one of the most overwhelming feeling. Even getting through security check point at an airport is a daunting task.

So it’s no wonder why hurried and stressed travelers don’t think twice about ditching their pennies, nickels and dimes when going through security.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is reporting that in 2010, loose change amounted to $409,085.56.

More specifically, $376,480.39 was in U.S. currency, while foreign currency made up the balance of $32,605.17.

People who leave money behind may be rushing through a checkpoint for a variety of reasons, and travelers heading to foreign countries may simply feel they have no use for U.S. change, said David Stempler, president of the Air Travelers Association, according toUSA Today.

People traveling through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport left the most change in 2010 ($46,918.06), followed by Los Angeles International ($19,110.83), Hartsfield Atlanta International ($16,523.83), San Francisco International ($15,908.02), and Miami International ($15,844.83), according to the TSA.

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