TSA loose change left in plastic bins by busy travelers amounted to $531,000 in fiscal 2012, and lawmakers want that extra cash to go to airport lounges dedicated to serving active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families.
Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., is spearheading a new piece of legislation scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives this week. Under the bill, the United Service Organizations (USO), by running airport lounges, is the only organization that currently would qualify for any future funds left behind by travelers. The TSA estimates that passengers have left behind $2.2 million in change in the past five years.
The USO operates lounges in 45 airports in the United States, including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, Dallas/Fort Worth and Baltimore-Washington.