YOU KNOW YOU’VE DONE IT — you realized right as you were about to walk through the metal detector at airport security that you had a penny and two quarters in your pocket, and hastily threw it into the plastic bin with your shoes. Then, as you took everything out in the rush to get out of the way, you left the change there.
Don’t worry — you’re not alone. It turns out a crazy amount of people leave money at TSA checkpoints each year and never return to pick it up. Just last year, TSA made $765,759.15 in this loose cash, which, according to federal law, becomes the property of TSA as soon as they collect the unclaimed money and hand it over to their financial office for counting. So no, you can’t try and claim it back after you’ve left the airport.