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Transportation Security Administration

What happens to items left at security checkpoints? Is there a process?

TSA makes every effort to reunite passengers with items left behind at the airport checkpoint. Lost and found items are generally kept for 30 days and if not claimed, are either destroyed, turned over to a state agency for surplus property, or sold by TSA as excess property. The state may dispose of the items through sales, destruction, donations or charities. The state keeps any money from sales, not TSA. At a number of locations, lost and found items are turned over to the airport at the end of each day.