PHOTO: When you take off next year, you could be paying an increase on the TSA tax on your ticket. (photo via Flickr/Enrique)
As President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget cuts and slashes its way through dozens of government agencies and programs, one proposal is asking a certain group of people to help fund the Transportation Security Administration:
Trump is asking for a $1 increase on what is officially known as the 9/11 Passenger Security Fee, which is added to airline tickets and helps fund the TSA. Currently, the fee is $5.60 for each leg of a flight.
The proposed budget has the fee at $6.60.
The Trump administration is projecting the increased fee will generate $40 billion over 10 years, with $12.6 billion diverted to an overall government deficit reduction, according to USA Today.
But that’s been part of the problem.
Not only will many passengers be infuriated by yet another tax on their airline tickets—the fee was just $2.50 in July of 2014 before the hike to $5.60— but the aviation industry says any fee that is associated with an airfare should go directly to the TSA, as it was intended.
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“The concept of a ‘fee’ specifically charged to pay for a specific service has long been lost in our industry and they have all simply become taxes by another name,” Sharon Pinkerton, Senior VP for Legislative Affairs for airline trade group Airlines For America, told a Senate hearing last month.
“We would respectfully request this committee do everything in its power to redirect TSA passenger security fee revenue back where it belongs: paying for aviation security.”