- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Security officers collect a significant amount of change travelers leave behind at most airport checkpoints, but not in Sioux City.

The Transportation Security Administration says it recovered $765,759.15 in loose change travelers left behind last year. But David Dailey, who oversees the TSA at Iowa airports, told the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/21L5hKm) that no change was found at the Sioux City checkpoint between Oct. 1 and March 30.

“Sioux City is such a small airport that when passengers leave something in the bins, the security officers are able to get it to them right away,” Dailey said.

Sioux City currently offers two daily flights to Chicago and one to Dallas on American Airlines.

At all of Iowa’s airports, $1,932.74 in change was collected in 2015. The largest total at any one airport nationwide was $55,086.39 collected at Los Angeles International Airport.

Security officers at all airports do try to return anything that has the owner’s identification on it, but spare change is nearly impossible to return, TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said.

The orphaned coins are likely just a byproduct of forgetfulness as people make their way through checkpoints.

“I think most people take it out, put it in the bowl and they forget to pick it up with their other items,” Harmon said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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