The loose change that travelers leave at U.S. airports could have a new home if the senate passes the loose change bill, according to USA Today on Dec. 4. The bill, already finding approval in the House, would take the approximately $500,000 found in spare change around airports and give it to service members in the form of amenities.
According to a report filed by the House, currently the Transportation Security Administration has been using the money to go toward civil aviation security. But it seems they aren't using the funds as much as they could. For the 2012 fiscal year, $531,395 in coins were collected but the TSA only managed to use $6,539 of it toward their authorized use.
This would be no small chunk of change, either. Over the past two years, the amount of change at airports has gone up, and it seems like the following years will continue the trend. In 2010 the TSA collected $409,000 and the year after it found $488,000. Think of how many piggy banks that would fill.
The report states that the money would go to "nonprofit organizations that provide places of rest and recuperation at airports for members of the Armed Forces and their families." One such non-profit is the United Service Organization, which offers a lounge, food and place to rest of members of the military.
Topping the list of airports that have the most free coin left in the terminals are Miami at number one (roughty $40K), Las Vegas at number two ($27K) and Chicago pulling in at number 3 ($22K).