Airline ticket prices will rise on July 21
TSA security screening fees will more than double this month, and increases in other fees may follow.
This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.
If you're looking to save some money on your next flight, you need to book your ticket quickly.
On July 21, the Transportation Security Administration passenger screening fee -- also known as the Sept. 11 security fee -- will more than double to $5.60 per flight leg, with no cap, The Wall Street Journal said.
The current fee is $2.50 per flight segment, with a $10 per-ticket cap.
"So a trip with multiple stops that last longer than four hours could see a whopping TSA fee multiplying with each additional leg of the itinerary," the WSJ said.
What's more, it appears that more fee hikes are on the horizon for airline passengers. In addition to the TSA fee increase, airports want to boost their facility fee from its current limit of $4.50 per boarding to $8 per boarding. Plus, Customs and Border Protection is pushing for a $2 boost in its immigration fee on international tickets (from $7 to $9). The WSJ said:
"It seems like a little bit of an onslaught right now," said Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for legislative and regulatory policy at Airlines for America, the airline industry's Washington, D.C., lobbying group. "Policymakers see air passengers as an ATM."
According to The New York Times, the TSA increase will raise an additional $16.91 billion over the next decade. About 65 percent of the collected fees will fund security screenings. The remaining funds will go to the general fund.
What do you think of the increase in TSA fees?
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There is a point in the near future when the fees will stop the average Jane and Joe from flying.
The wealthy will avoid flights because they have their own jets. When the golden goose is completely done and stripped bare, airports and airlines will be redundant.
Thank you Congress for accepting the bribes / I mean contributions.. I mean bribes to consolidate the Airlines in the U.S down to 4 major carriers.
The airlines service sucked before. Congress allowing these airlines to merge institutionalized bad service forever by the 4 airlines. The cost of airfare because Congress got paid off to let them merge has resulted in a 50% rise in airfares already.
This is great the consolidation. It insures airlines CEOs get big bonuses. It insure that all travelers will be tortured by the terrible service. An added benefit is that nit will cut down on peoples business and leisure travel which will decrease jobs in other travel industry markets like hotels, car rentals, restaurants etc.
I am sure that the airlines arer working on drones to for their next smaller planes. The tiny planes they fly now just suck.
Congress is there anything that you have not completely destroyed by getting paid off so you, the Billionaires and Big corporations make a ton of money by destroying the Middle Class / the U.S economy.
Why spend $800 Billion on Defense every year when Congress has been completely wiping out the economy for the past 14 years ever since "W" stole the White House. Congress everyday actions are.... steal... steal some more... destoy jobs... and destroy more jobs... steal some more.
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