|Published:||Dec 04, 2013 5:55 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 04, 2013 5:55 PM EST|
The change you leave behind at airport security checkpoints could go to support our troops.
Tuesday, the House passed the TSA Loose Change Act. The bill says it would require the TSA "to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to nonprofit organizations that provide places of rest and recuperation at airports for members of the Armed Forces and their families, and for other purposes."
Travelers we spoke to at Southwest Florida International Airport say they support the idea. Diane Dugan says, "I think it's a wonderful idea. I think the people who leave money behind would be thrilled to know it's going to those service organizations."
Robert Beiles, a Vietnam Veteran, says, "the public always tends to forget, right now they're remembering the military but they tend to forget the 1% that protects, guards and sacrifices for the 99%. I only spent 22 months and a day but it's something that stays with you for the rest of your life."
He's on board with the new bill. "A little extra recognition, a little payback, a little acknowledgement of the sacrifice servicemen and women put in serving their country," he says.
The TSA says nationwide, it collected about $530,000 in unclaimed change in 2012. About $2,900 of that was from RSW. Right now, that money is used to fund other security operations.