Senate Panel Approves Proposal Charging Consumers More for Airport Security
As if the price of plane ticket wasn't already expensive enough, a Senate panel has now approved an increase in airport security fees that will double the per-ticket cost paid by consumers.
The move by the Senate Appropriations Committee would increase the total consumer-paid fee for a nonstop round-trip flight from $5 to $10. The fee for a one-way ticket would increase from $2.50 to a total of $5.
Passengers that change planes in order to reach their destination would pay a fee of $5 each way.
Proponents of the move say the fee, which is attached to a homeland security measure that partially funds the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), must be increased to more adequately cover the TSA's airport security costs. They argue that airline passengers should have to cover a more significant portion of the TSA's $7.6 billion budget, as opposed to taxpayers as a whole.
Supporters also point out that this fee increase is nominal compared to the countless fees that the airlines themselves are now charging for baggage, snacks, certain seats, ticket changes, and a host of other services that used to be complimentary with the purchase of a ticket.
Those against the fee hike say that it will only hurt an airline industry that is already suffering from a weak economy and higher fuel prices, as well as place a greater financial burden on American consumers.