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Frequent travelers are used to dissing the TSA. From unfriendly agents to long lines, there’s a lot to be frustrated with. But, aside from keeping us safe, it’s important to remember that it does a lot of good, too.
Last week, TSA officials at LaGuardia (LGA) donated more than 10 bags and two boxes of clothes to the Brooklyn Vet Center. In total, more than 400 articles of clothing were distributed to homeless veterans in Brooklyn.
Once an item is left behind at a TSA checkpoint, the owner has 30 days to contact the Lost and Found office to reclaim it. After that, and because of the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act (PDF), the TSA can reach out to donate the item(s) to local charity — in this case the Brooklyn Vet Center.
According to the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, all clothing recovered at airport security is to be donated to local veterans organizations and other local charitable organizations.
Especially during New York’s cold winter months, the coats, hats, scarves, gloves and other articles that passengers left behind at security checkpoints were welcome donations. Of course, this isn’t the first time that the TSA has donated clothes that were left behind at its checkpoints, as the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act was first approved by the House in 2012.
If you’ve left something behind at airport security, visit the TSA website and enter your airport for contact and collection information. If left behind for too long, though, know that your items could be going to a good cause.
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