TSA didn't report what they actually keep when no one is looking. Unlike the US Postal Service, we don't need to worry about the TSA going backrupt. They are making a profit every year.
(NBC) Turns out those airport security checkpoints aren't just for your safety, they are also a source of funds for the Transportation Security Administration.
Travelers left behind $409,085.56 in loose change in 2010. Not only did they ditch their pennies, dimes and quarters at the checkpoints, but they also left behind foreign currency.
Nico Melendez, spokesperson for TSA, said when people go through security checkpoints they typically leave behind the change from their pockets in the plastic bins.
The total numbers have been pretty consistent, although trend slightly upward. In 2008 the total was $364,000 and 2009 was $399,000.
The TSA said it does everything it can to get items back to passengers, but if no one claims the money, it is used to finance operations.