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Vegas airport No. 2 for guests leaving cash behind

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:58 p.m. HST, Dec 04, 2013

LAS VEGAS >> McCarran airport in Las Vegas is second only to Miami in the amount of cash left behind by travelers emptying their pockets for security.

The Transportation Security Administration collected nearly $27,000 in unclaimed change at checkpoints last year. That was topped only by Miami International Airport's $40,000 haul.

Officials didn't speculate about whether the money has anything to do with people winning big at casinos.

TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the cash shows up because a relatively large portion of passengers start their journey at McCarran and are screened there, as opposed to passing through the airport unchecked for a transfer.

The TSA collected about $531,000 from all airports last year. Congress voted Tuesday that TSA should apply the money toward airport lounges for servicemembers.

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serious wrote:
Take the money and pay down our debt!!! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas---they're talking about your money!!
on December 4,2013 | 05:19PM
Randz808 wrote:
Money should be used to improve TSA locations, procedures, training,etc.
on December 5,2013 | 03:41AM
busterb wrote:
Probably Hawaiian and United folks from here. It's so ridiculously far from the curb to the planes, people are too tired to pick up their coins after they drop them.
on December 5,2013 | 06:33AM
Ronin006 wrote:
A more appropriate headline would be “Vegas No. 1 for visitors leaving behind money.”
on December 5,2013 | 07:43AM
That might be a better headline if it were true, but they are #2. Miami is #1.
on December 5,2013 | 12:33PM
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