Get Ready to Say Hello to More Expensive Flights
If you are already a frequent flier frustrated by ever increasing airline fares, we have some bad news for you. Those ticket prices are only due to get higher, and as early as next year. Bloomberg reported Thursday that U.S. airlines scored big this week, and they won a repeal of $380 million in fees they are forced to pay for aviation security each year. This is a major win for airlines, as both they and their passengers have been subjected to exorbitant airport security fees since the Transportation Security Administration was created after September 11, 2001, but unfortunately, passengers didn’t fare as well as their carriers did, and they’ll witness that reality firsthand all too soon.
The House Rules Committee released a summary of the new budget accord Wednesday, and highlighted that the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee will be repealed on October 1, 2014. That means that passengers will soon pay more than double what they did for the September 11 Security Fee, and the fee will rise to $5.60 each way of a trip, from $2.50 per flight segment or a maximum of $5 each way. The House summary also says that the TSA aviation-security costs covered by fees will rise from 30 percent to 43 percent, but airlines won’t bear the blunt of the new burden — passengers will.
Following the $380-million repeal, Bloomberg reports that lawmakers who set aviation policy were upset with the new settlement, with Bill Shuster, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair, asserting, “The government and the administration shouldn’t treat airline passengers to be like piggy banks. Those of us who fly are paying more than our fair share to reduce the deficit in this country.”