OMAHA (KPTM) - As the number of passengers add up at airports across the United States, so does the money people leave behind rushing to get to their gates.
It's currently finders keepers for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), but a new bill making its rounds on Capitol Hill would require the agency to transfer that money to military groups and their families.
"That's a very kind gesture and it will probably do a lot of good for a lot of servicemembers," said Michael Connolly, a director for Nebraska-Omaha's MaV USO.
Connolly is also a member of the Army National Guard and a frequent traveler. He believes anything to boost the morale of our country's heroes is worth it.
"It would probably allow them to expand their mission as well as other things that they might be doing to assist more servicemembers and their families," said Connolly.
The unclaimed money would also come in handy for USO military lounges at airports nationwide. Eppley Airfield doesn't have one, but others do, so what people forget will go a long way in helping military families remember what the comfort of home feels like.
"I know personally when we were on deployments there's a lot of times when you're just stuck in an airport for hours and hours on end, so that's where the impact would be felt the most," said Connolly.
Before the measure can advance any further, it must first get approval in the U.S. Senate. It will reconvene sometime next week after Thanksgiving recess.
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