Because of the tragedy on September 11th, security measures have heightened at airports nationwide.  Citizens have been presented with a choice to leave particular personal items behind, or they can simply choose to not board their planes.  Most of the items left behind are replaceable, some are not, but all will end up in the hands of a state agency that handles federal and state surplus materials acquired at security checkpoints in airports.  The items are then turned around and sold for rock-bottom prices and the proceeds go…Where else?  The proceeds, naturally, go to the government. 

The most common items left behind are lighters, scissors, corkscrews, and pocket knives, but some people leave behind things of more value, such as firearms, sporting equipment, and autographed memorabilia.  The public can purchase these items on state websites like that of Illinois, at www.ibid.il.gov. 

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