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TSA to raise fees to help pay down deficit

By McClatchy News Services

LAST UPDATED: 07:11 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2014

Get ready to pay more when you fly.

The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase. The TSA, however, says it won't necessarily benefit from the extra revenue.

The fee hike could increase the cost of air travel by as little as 60 cents or as much as $22.40 or more, depending on the number of layovers and length of the stops.

TSA critics and the airlines are fuming about the hike.

"Why the increase?" wrote traveler Jon Berggren in a comment filed with the TSA. "When I go to the airport, I see two out of eight lanes open and 20 TSA agents walking around in circles and the line is out of the terminal. Where is all this money going?"

The increase, starting July 21, raises the security fee from $2.50 per leg with a $5 cap, to a flat fee of $5.60 per one-way trip with no cap. The cost of a round trip from Los Angeles to Orlando, Fla., with no layovers would increase from $5 in TSA fees to $11.20.

If the flight has long layovers, travelers will pay more.

Passengers will be charged a $5.60 fee for each leg of a trip if there is a layover longer than four hours, based on changes adopted by the TSA. In other words, a round trip from Los Angeles to Orlando, with stops of four hours or more in each direction, would incur fees of $5.60 for each leg, for a total of $22.40.

TSA officials say the agency is not getting a hike in revenue because Congress has directed the new fees to go to the U.S. Treasury to help reduce the government deficit. What's more, Congress eliminated a separate security fee that generated $420 million a year for the TSA.

Airline officials say the fee hike is just another way the federal government is tapping an already highly taxed industry.

"Our government must stop using airlines and their passengers as its own personal ATM whenever it needs more money," said Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman for Airlines for America, a trade group for the nation's carriers.

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what wrote:
Shut it down.
on July 15,2014 | 05:32PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The world? That probably will happen when the sun goes Nova in about three billion years, at which time we will have been grandfathers a zillion times over, or we may extinguish ourselves long before that due to lack of oil.
on July 15,2014 | 05:59PM
pcman wrote:
IRT what. I agree. Just replace TSA with increased number of air marshals, depending on the threat at any given airport and country.
on July 16,2014 | 10:17AM
Roosevelt wrote:
Rode adjacent to a brand new Ford F150 "TSA" vehicle heading toward Hawaii Kai in evening rush hour traffic. I didn't know that there was an airport or cruise ship harbor in East Honolulu.
on July 15,2014 | 06:03PM
harley1 wrote:
I'd make some 'intelligent' comment, but fear ending up in the get your junk checked line next time I fly.
on July 15,2014 | 08:27PM
alikarx03 wrote:
why are there increases on layovers? if you have a layover...chances are you are not leaving the airport unless that layover is around 7-8 hours. if the layover is less than 8 hours, then charge the fee, but if its not, you are likely staying at the airport and not going through TSA again?... that makes no sense. and like the person in the article said, i see a lot more TSA agents walking around versus actually doing something.
on July 15,2014 | 06:07PM
joeglick wrote:
...and hear it begins, a new form of taxation.
on July 15,2014 | 06:22PM
HD36 wrote:
Yea, the politicians can say, no new taxes, but they won't tell you about registration fees going up and new one's sprouting up. Next thing you know, they'll be a registration fee for banking.
on July 15,2014 | 06:45PM
GAC wrote:
everyone boycott flying for a week . see if they like this set up
on July 15,2014 | 07:24PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
There is....they fine Citi Bank 6 billion......Citi passes the bill to us.....you lose again...
on July 15,2014 | 08:51PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
More Taxes...no control ......
on July 15,2014 | 08:41PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Let's print more money for the children.
on July 15,2014 | 10:49PM
Barefootie wrote:
The TSA fee is just another form of government taxation that continues to bleed the citizens of this country dry! Why should the average flyer have to help pay down the federal government's financial deficit, when the average taxpayer already helps to fund government coffers? It's another form of taxation without representation and it's being jammed down the publics throats!
on July 16,2014 | 01:02AM
Nultech wrote:
A huge tax increase to support a "work force" that ranks about 3 levels below a Walmart greeter? How about we instead make those buffoons get real jobs?
on July 16,2014 | 05:35AM
cojef wrote:
Uniforms get dirty and the price went sky high?
on July 16,2014 | 02:41PM
atilter wrote:
"TSA officials say the agency is not getting a hike in revenue because Congress has directed the new fees to go to the U.S. Treasury to help reduce the government deficit. What's more, Congress eliminated a separate security fee that generated $420 million a year for the TSA." this is as it should be! the article is the same old governmental agency b---s--- trying to justify its miserably inept existence.
on July 16,2014 | 05:45AM
DABLACK wrote:
Typical federal job, look good with in the uniform but no mo production !! They really need to scrutinize each function for overlap.
on July 16,2014 | 06:33AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Just another example that Osama won.
on July 16,2014 | 07:48AM
hawaiikone wrote:
on July 16,2014 | 11:57AM
false wrote:
He meant Obama not Osama.
on July 16,2014 | 09:14PM
CriticalReader wrote:
They should categorize fees according to underwritten risk. The plain fact of the matter is that inbound and outbound Hawaii flights pose little risk of attracting terrorists. We should not have to pay exorbitantly for the risk of drunk tourist girls.
on July 16,2014 | 09:15AM
AhiPoke wrote:
The TSA is a joke. Unfortunately an expensive one. A few weeks ago I sent a message to them complaining about some really horrible service at the Newark Airport, where more than half the agents were standing around talking to each other while the line continued to grow. It took more than 30 minutes to get through the pre-check line, which is suppose to be the fast line. To make it worse, during the wait, one of the agents was berating passengers. Anyway, I got a BS response back which probably means nothing will change.
on July 16,2014 | 01:53PM
atilter wrote:
what we need is for a tv news crew to do an in-depth tv news coverage of an un-announced interview/visit to the airport, tape what is happening with the TSA personnel, then confront the "talking heads" about the play-back - ON CAMERA. let's see how they would explain directed questions!
on July 16,2014 | 02:36PM
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