By John Vibes
The TSA is about to up their fees, and will be adding an extra charge for travelers who get stuck on layovers
WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) — The TSA has recently unveiled a fee increase that will add a projected $16.9 billion to their total budget over the next ten years. This move is sure to cause controversy with travelers, who are already dealing with price increases on flights. According to the government’s own statistics, average domestic airfare, adjusted for inflation, has increased more than 6% to nearly $382 in the past 4 years alone.
Starting on July 21, the TSA will more than double the mandatory fee that they charge for their involuntary screening process. Previously, the security fee was $2.50 for each leg of a flight with a $5 cap on each one-way trip or a $10 cap on each round trip. However, on July 21, the fee will be increasing to $5.60 for each leg of a flight. They will also be doing away with the cap, so they can now charge overage fees as high as they want for special flights and circumstances.
If a passenger’s layover is more than four hours on a domestic flight or 12 hours on an international flight, that will be counted as a second leg of the flight and will result in an additional fee for the passenger. Passengers who stay in town for a night or two before flying onto their destination could be charged up to 5 or 10 times the amount of the base fee.
“We’re not happy about it at all, for some reason, the government thinks that airline passengers are a bottomless piggy bank,” said Charles Leocha, a consumer advocate who heads the group Travelers United.
The airlines actually oppose this fee increase as well.
“Now, the implementation of that fee hike includes an extra dig on travelers — charging them per segment, as opposed to per trip, when their air travel includes a layover of four hours or more,” said Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.
We reported just a few months ago that the TSA requested that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak travel hours. They also requested active shooter drills to simulate terrorist situations in the midst of unsuspecting travelers.
It has also been admitted by the TSA that travel information may be shared with debt collection agencies when they are attempting to track down a debtor.
In other TSA news, we recently reported that the TSA will be deploying teams of military police into train stations, subways and even music festivals.
John Vibes is an investigative journalist, staff writer and editor for Intellihub News where this article originally appeared. He is also the author of an 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” and is an artist with an established record label. You can find him on his Facebook.
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