I have no idea why TSA agents occasionally feel the need to steal from our bags. They could get rich just from the pennies that set off their metal detectors.
According to the TSA, in 2011, Americans left a LOT of change behind at airport security. How much? Try $409,085.56. All in change. All left behind because we had to empty our pockets and didn’t bother to grab back a few cents.
Right now, Congress IS working on a bill that would donate money left behind at airports to charity . . . but for now, the TSA just hangs on to the money and uses it to fund whatever it is they do.