The Transportation Security Administration will double the September 11 Security Fee beginning July 21. According to the New York Times, there will be no limiting cap on the passenger security fees set by the TSA.
Currently, travelers are charged $2.50 per leg of a flight and a $5 maximum fee for each one-way trip. The most that passengers pay right now for security fees round trip is $10. However, the new fee structure will cause those fees to go up to $5.60 per leg, with no cap.
The source reported that airlines are already in competition to meet growing demand and rising fuel prices.
As a result of the new fees, the New York Times said flights with layovers of more than four hours domestically and 12 hours internationally will mean passengers have to pay two fees. However, the TSA said it will not charge two fees for non-continental domestic flights to Alaska and Hawaii that have a layover of more than 12 hours. Those who frequently venture across the country on business travel will pay significantly more in TSA fees. For example, a trip that includes stops in New York, Chicago, Denver Las Vegas and San Francisco with a stop in each city will cost as much as $28 in fees compared to $12.50 that would be paid under the current fee schedule.
According to the Times, the new fee structuring system will collect an expected $16.91 billion in the next decade and will help to fund security services at airports. Several airlines and other travel groups came out against the new fees.
“This change will disproportionately hurt consumers from small and rural communities who must often use more one-way trips to reach their final destination,” Airlines for America president and CEO Nicholas E. Calio and Charlie Leocha, chairman and founder of Travelers United said in a statement to the TSA.