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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.

By MSN Money Partner Jul 9, 2014 1:27PM

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyIf 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.

Paper airplane made of money © Tetra Images/CorbisThe 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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Jul 9, 2014 2:33PM
Once again the Federal government just doubles fees with no reasoning to the public. I would like to see a private accounting firm do an audit of the TSA.
Jul 9, 2014 2:11PM

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.

Jul 9, 2014 2:24PM
And the airlines want to know WHY nobody is flying?! Look at your horrible practices, your sometimes awful flight attendants treating passengers like crap, your ridiculous employee benefits that WE as passengers have to PAY for,  your ridiculously stupid expensive FEES for EVERYTHING, and most importantly your stuipid expensive prices of flights. THAT's why nobody's flying anymore.  You've completely outpriced 3/4 of the Country.  CONGRATULATIONS! How many more airline mergers are we going to deal with? How many more airlines are going to shutter because nobody's flying anymore.  GET IT TOGETHER.  This thing our Country calls government is an utter and complete JOKE.
Jul 9, 2014 2:37PM
I feel so much safer now that the TSA has caught ZERO terrorists!
Jul 9, 2014 2:21PM
So with this new increase in fee, does this mean we'll still get our free bag of peanuts? ....or will they be taxed too??
Jul 9, 2014 2:14PM
Instead of charging more for the TSA, we should dismantle it. It is a completely useless are of government. 
Jul 9, 2014 3:51PM
I would like to see the TSA abolished as with many of the other poorly managed agencies our government lawmakers have created. Bring home our troops and let them secure our airports, we already pay them through our tax dollars and I think any would be terrorist would be more intimidated by a real American soldier than an overweight and lazy person wearing a blue shirt trying to act like Barney Fife.
Jul 9, 2014 2:23PM
Air travel today sucks.  I have a much better experience driving every time!!
Jul 9, 2014 2:22PM
"general fund"... general fund to make them richer!   this can be spent on additional salaries, benefits... anything they wish, really, without having to go through Congress to ask for it.  they just voted themselves a raise!!
Jul 9, 2014 2:39PM
Too bad the American people are cowards, their ancestors didn't put up with no taxation without representation!
Jul 9, 2014 2:33PM
As if airline travel wasn't  high enough. Unless it's an emergency, I'm not going anywhere on a plane.
Jul 9, 2014 2:46PM
I know some people HAVE to fly, to get where their going. But if you DON'T have to, then I say DON'T. That will eventually hit them in the pocketbook, and maybe they'll think twice. (I said MAYBE)

Jul 9, 2014 3:39PM
So this $3.10  TSA  increase will probably cause the 
airlines to raise rates by at least $150. Guaranteed!
Jul 9, 2014 3:23PM
I am doing my part to keep away from airports.  Flying has become worse than going to the dentist.  Had the opportunity twice this summer to fly, and chose to drive both times instead.  The one time I had fly for work, it was the usual hassle, with nothing going as it should.  Do your part, fly as little as possible.
Jul 9, 2014 3:34PM

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.

Jul 9, 2014 3:24PM
Well you would think with all the money people pay to fly and the excessive fees paid to the TSA to thwart terrorism, someone could come up with a GPS system or other tracking device to find a plane when it goes down in the ocean. 
Jul 9, 2014 1:47PM
i guess i won't be getting high this July.
Jul 9, 2014 2:12PM
What I want to know is why the airlines don't en masse refuse to collect it.
Jul 9, 2014 3:16PM
The airlines should get together and sue the TSA for hurting their business.
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