Travelers Left $1 Million in Loose Change at TSA Checkpoints Last Year

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Between shoes, luggage, and electronic devices, travelers have a lot to keep track of when moving through airport security lines. It makes sense, then, that many of them can't be bothered to collect their loose coins from the bottom of their bins, but all that small change adds up quickly. As Vox reports, the Transportation Security Administration cashed in nearly $1 million last year in loose change left behind by flyers.

Each year, the TSA releases a report to Congress detailing how much money it makes from unclaimed cash. The most recent numbers reveal that forgotten change has grown into a significant source of revenue for the administration. Travelers left $531,000 at security checkpoints in 2012, and in 2018, they had forgotten $960,105. That includes the pocket change discarded in plastic bins as well as larger bills collected from lost wallets.

Forgotten money doesn't end up in the pockets of whichever TSA agents were working the security line that day. All loose change must be gathered, rolled, and submitted to the TSA's financial office. Per the agency's policy, every cent that's stored, transported, and cashed must be accounted for.

For the past 14 years, the TSA has been able to use these bonus funds to improve services at its discretion. Translated checkpoint signs, TSA pre-check, and enhancements made to the agency's Adjudication Center have all been partially paid for with unclaimed change.

Lost cash may provide a nice financial boost for the security agency, but adding the money to its spending budget isn't its first priority. The TSA encourages travelers to submit claims for any goods they think they left at security, even money.

[h/t Vox]

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This All-in-One Storage Solution Can Be Used at Home or Carried on the Go

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Whether you're looking for a durable storage solution for your garage or a roomy pack for a long camping trip, the collapsible RUX carrier can help keep your stuff safe and secure without taking up much room in your closet when you're done. And until December 10, you can support the project on Indiegogo.

The main idea of the RUX is to serve multiple purposes at once. You can carry it around like a backpack or duffle bag during a weekend trip outdoors, or you can use it as a stationary storage bin for your car or home. Despite being strong enough to hold your bulkiest gear, it only weighs around four pounds and is designed to be collapsible, so you can fold it up and slip it away afterwards. (Unfolded, the RUX comes in at 15.7 by 19.5 by 13.8 inches.)

And if you're looking to use it during more serious outdoor adventures, you can rest assured that its weatherproof construction will keep your stuff dry in the rain. There's even a window that allows you to double-check that your items are safe and sound.

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The RUX was created with sustainability and longevity in mind. Not only does the RUX have a lifetime warranty, but each component can also come off and be replaced easily so you can continue using the product no matter the problem. RUX is a member of 1% For The Planet, which is a group that gives back 1 percent of sales to environmental causes, even if they are not profitable.

There is still time to back the RUX campaign and reap the rewards. If you back $196, you’ll get your first RUX along with it. However, if you back $265, you’ll get one RUX, two divider totes, an EDC pouch, and two utility straps. If you back $449, you’ll get all the same things from the second level along with an extra RUX. If you want to back $515 or $725, you’ll get double or triple everything, respectively, from the second level.

The RUX campaign ends on December 10, so there is still time to back this product through Indiegogo. Shipments of RUX will hopefully start by June 2021.

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