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Trump proposes TSA fee hike starting Oct 1st

Another TSA fee hike is imminent

Another TSA fee hike is imminent
Courtesy of: DHS, TSA

President Trump has proposed a TSA fee hike to the fee you pay every time you book a flight. President Trump proposed that the security fee should cover 75% of TSA’s operations, starting on October 1, 2017. The proposed plan would raise the current $5.60 fee for each flight segment by $1.00.

As many of us remember, in 2014 the fee was raised from $2.50 for each segment, or $5 for a connecting flight, to $5.60 for each segment, or $11.20 roundtrip. The fee increase is estimated to generate $40 billion over its first ten years while diverting $12.6 billion to deficit reduction. Whether the $12.6 will actually go towards deficit reduction is questionable.

The biggest concern expressed by many, including Airlines For America, a group I rarely agree with, is that TSA has provided no change in service to justify a $1 increase.

Thankfully, Trump’s proposal is just that, a proposal, and there’s no indication on whether Congress will adopt such a hike.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree that the TSA fee should increase $1 per segment? Let us know in the comment section!

Sources: USAToday and Skift

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