TSA Officers Take a Passenger's Pen? Grand Theft. They Take $400,000? All in a Year's Work.

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If you've flown recently, you probably have some dim memories of loose change rattling around in a plastic bin at the security checkpoint. If you're careful, you pour all those coins back into your bag or pocket before heading to the gate.

If you don't, the Transportation Security Administration keeps the change. And over a year, that change adds up to a lot of money.

We told you the story of a TSA officer who took home a passenger's $450 pen -- and now faces grand theft charges. In the case of the loose change, though, nobody's pressing charges.

The TSA announced that it had collected $409,085.56 worth of loose change in calendar year 2010. That money goes to fund TSA operations (if it's not skimmed off the top by screeners making a trip to the vending machines).

A spokesman told the San Francisco Chronicle that the TSA tries to reunite the change with its owners -- though there are limited ways to claim it. ("Yeah, it was a bunch of round metal -- shiny, copper, and sort of silver-colored. Jingled around. Have you seen it?")

U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida wants to divert the money to fund military welcome centers around the globe.

"Allowing TSA to keep unclaimed taxpayer money for any and all purposes is an egregious breach of its duty to the public that it serves," wrote Miller in a letter to the House homeland security chairman.

Meanwhile, Toussain Puddie, the TSA screener who took a pen left behind by car dealer Rick Case at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in June, is negotiating a deal with the state to possibly avoid a trial for grand theft.


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localKid
localKid

reward what you want more of.

if you want TSA  to keep the change, do you think they have any incentive to make it easy to get the money back?

Akhileshh Jha
Akhileshh Jha

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City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

Oh don't tell Rick Case this he will send Sheriff Lamberti down there to harass, and fire you all. Pocket change right? Give him more money Case.

Fllguy1320
Fllguy1320

Actually, it cost Rick Case more than the $450 he would have lost on the pen. Recently, I bought a new vehicle from another dealer. I bought my last one from Rick Case Honda. Because of his treatment towards the TSA agent, I did not even walk through the door of Rick Case. Oh, I still bought a Honda. Just not a Rick Case Honda. Nor will I own one in the future. My money will not support uncaring people like him.

localKid
localKid

lets be real.  if you could get a better deal from anyone you would.

would you spend 50 bucks of your money just to keep it from someone else?

nobody believes you.  

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