MIA passengers leave behind a lotta chump change

 

rrodriguez@MiamiHerald.com

According to the experts at Travel + Leisure, Miami International Airport is the 10th best in the U.S.

But when it comes to loose change, MIA is number one.

According to the 2012 Transportation Security Administration fiscal report, agents collected more than $531,000 – almost all of it in coins – left in bins by passengers around the country passing through X-ray scanners in 2012.

Miami travelers and visitors dropped the most chump change, leaving behind a cool $39,613.

Other airports on the list of 10 highest-grossing security checkpoints include McCarran International in Las Vegas (second place, with $26,900) and O’Hare International in Chicago (third place with $22,116).

Passengers often leave coins behind intentionally because they are traveling to a different country or are in a rush to catch a flight and don’t care about a few dimes.

But the money adds up – and may be put to good use. On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would require the TSA to turn over the bags of spare change to non-profit organizations that assist American military troops and their families.

Previously, the TSA had used the money to make improvements to security stations and airport signage.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

No word yet on whether travelers will be able to write-off their forgotten change as a tax deduction.

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