Expect to Pay More: New TSA Security Fee Hike to Make Plane Tickets More Expensive

KENNER, La. (WGNO) - Air travelers will have to pay more for airport security.  TSA fee increase will be applied to the cost of airfare.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has a breakdown and reaction from passengers.

The next time you buy a plan ticket you’ll have to come out of pocket more.

Effective Monday, the Transportation Security Administration fees on plane tickets are higher.

“I get it but I’m not overly happy about it,” Hana McCarley said.

The new fee for non-stop and connecting flights is $5.60.

That’s more than double the old $2.50 fee for non-stop flights — and 60-cents more for a connecting flight. The old connecting flight fee was $5.

But, if your connection is longer than four hours it’s considered a separate flight, and you’re subject to pay double.

“I think it’s unfair. We’re already paying a lot for airline tickets to begin with and when people travel they’re saving a lot of money for vacation and shouldn’t have to pay extra for security. It’s should already be paid for by our government,” Gina Dillingham said.

Congress approved the fee hike to help reduce the deficit but the agency that’s made aviation safer since 9-11 is getting the backlash.

A TSA spokesman David Castelveter says “The revenue is to be used to offset TSA costs for providing civil aviation security services, after stipulated amounts are applied to reduction of the federal deficit.”

The TSA estimates the hike will generate $16.9 billion more than current collections.

“It doesn’t seem like much for one person, but if you’re a frequent flyer and you fly on business it’s going to add up over the year,” McCarley said.

“It’s just another tax that we unfortunately have to pay to stay safe and to travel,” Brian Prejna said.

Prejna travels about 48 times a year on business.

“I’m comfortable with it. I’m sure my company is not, but it’s the cost of doing business,” he said.

Although the fees are already going into effect, the TSA will collect comments through August 19.