The US Transportation Security Administration is now donating clothing items forgotten at airport security checkpoints across the US to veterans’ organizations and charities.
The unclaimed clothing is being provided to veterans’ organizations under the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act passed in November last year. Before the act was signed, such clothing was either donated for police-dog scent training or discarded.
Washington’s Reagan National Airport became the latest airport to participate in the program on August 8 by donating about 180 pounds – two months’ worth – of abandoned clothing to Vietnam Veterans of America distribution centers, reports The Washington Post.
Unclaimed items that are not clothing are usually sold by the government through sites such as GovDeals.com.