TSA Collected Over $19,000 In Pocket Change At LAX; $409K Nationwide

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Airline passengers are losing more than their patience at LAX — they’re also being nickel-and-dimed by airport security personnel.

The Transportation Security Administration reported a total collection of $409,085 in loose change at the nation’s airports in 2010, with over $19,000 coming from the pockets of passengers at LAX.

But it was their counterparts back east that saw the biggest losses: travelers at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York lost a total of $46,918.06 in 2010.

After LAX and Hartsfield Atlanta International, San Francisco International collected $15,844.83 in both domestic and foreign currency.

San Diego passengers were more careful with their coinage, losing just over $5,000 in pocket change.


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