TSA Calls The Stuff They Take From You ‘Voluntary Abandoned Property’

April 7, 2013
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When you line up for airport screening if you have a soda, a shampoo bottle that’s more than a few ounces, or any other banned items you forgot to leave at home the TSA takes it away from you. But according to them the items weren’t taken, they were voluntarily abandoned. No kidding.

The name they have for those goods is a hoot: “Voluntarily Abandoned Property.

I am a simple man and believe words mean things.

When the TSA tells you to leave something you own behind or you can’t get on the plane, that’s not exactly “voluntary” in my book. Kind of sounds like blackmail, but that’s just me. When I’m told if I don’t leave it, I can’t get on the plane, I wouldn’t consider myself “abandoning” that item because you usually abandon something you don’t want.

It was my “property” but after I “voluntarily abandon” it, where exactly does it go? Well, according to TSA Management Directive No. 200.52,

“VAP deposited in collection bins shall not be recovered by, and will not be returned to, passengers. Upon voluntary abandonment of the prohibited item, the item immediately becomes the property of the Federal Government.” (Read More)

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