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Travelers Lost About $900K At Airport Checkpoints In 2019

Aug 23, 2020, 11:30 AM | Updated: 11:38 am

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents help travelers place their bags through the 3-D...

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents help travelers place their bags through the 3-D scanner at the Miami International Airport on May 21, 2019 in Miami, Florida. TSA has begun using the new 3-D computed tomography (CT) scanner in a checkpoint lane to detect explosives and other prohibited items that may be inside carry-on bags. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Travelers left behind nearly a million dollars at U.S. airport security checkpoints last year, including about $19,000 in foreign currency, a newspaper reported Friday.

A Transportation Security Administration report said travelers lost $926,000 at 75 airports in the year that ended in September, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Federal regulators say much of the lost money came from people emptying their pockets for security scans.

The paper says the largest sums were lost at airports in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Las Vegas and Dallas. At the newspaper’s hometown Pittsburgh International Airport, travelers parted with $5,000.

The Transportation Security Administration suggests putting cash into carry-on bags, and reminds travelers who have lost money that they can contact the TSA’s lost-and-found office at the airport.

Travelers left $5,131.66 behind at Salt Lake International Airport in 2019, according to the TSA.

Visit tsa.gov for a full list of money left behind by airport.

(KSL-TV contributed to this report.)

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Travelers Lost About $900K At Airport Checkpoints In 2019