California Airports Selling Confiscated Goods On eBay

from the free-money dept

With the increase in airports confiscating absolutely anything that is considered “pointy”, you might wonder what they do with all those items. Many travelers are annoyed to find out that they don’t get their confiscated items back (and I’ve even heard some people suggest you travel with a self-addressed stamped envelope, in case you need to mail yourself your confiscated items). Most airports simply cart the stuff off to a recycling center, but now two airports in California have realized the profit potential. What do you do when you have a ton of junk?

You sell it on eBay. That’s right, CaliforniaGold2000’s auctions are all the confiscated pocket-knives, nail clippers, and scissors you could possibly dream of. People who have had their items taken are not at all pleased, but the buyers don’t seem to mind – CaliforniaGold2000 has pretty good feedback.

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Special Agent says:

Re: Airport Confiscated items

First, those items confiscated by TSA becomes the property of the US Govt.

Property of the the US Govt has to be disposed of in the proper manner.

Those airports and the TSA personel who “give” the confiscated items away, are doing so ilegally.

The money being made on Ebay is TAXPAYERS money.

Just more fraud, waste, and abuse by TSA.

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