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Travelers left $13,000 in spare change at Logan last year

Don’t forget your coins.Tamir Kalifa for The Boston Globe/File/Boston Globe

For Transportation Security Administration workers at Logan International Airport, change is a good thing.

According to a TSA report released this week, workers at Boston’s airport collected more than $13,000 in spare change left behind by travelers during fiscal 2014.

The loose change is often abandoned in the plastic buckets used by passengers to deposit personal belongings before stepping through the metal detectors and security checkpoints at the airport.

“TSA makes every effort to reunite passengers with items left at the checkpoint, however there are instances where loose change or other items are left behind and unclaimed,” TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein said in a statement.

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Feinstein said any unclaimed money — typically consisting of coins passengers remove from pockets — is documented and turned in to the financial office.

In 2005, Congress gave the TSA the authority to scoop up forgotten nickels, dimes, and quarters and spend them on security operations and improvements.

Nationally, the TSA collected more than $675,000 in loose change in fiscal 2014, up from $638,000 the year before, according to the agency’s latest data. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Boston’s bounty was down last year by nearly $7,000, however. In fiscal 2013, Logan security workers picked up $20,366. The year before that, employees at the security checkpoints found about $16,400 in change.

Boston ranked 13th on a list of 20 airports that collected the most change last year. New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport came in at number one, with $42,550 left behind.

STEVE ANNEAR