Now, you and I pay $2.50 a ticket, one way, for the privilege of being searched before entering the gate. TSA is looking to double that, so the average flyer’s additional fee would be $10 round trip, instead of $5.
The proposed increase is being backed by Senate Democrats and would help offset the budget cuts that Washington has been eyeballing. Republicans are looking to cut social programs in order to fund the TSA.
However, the major airlines, dealing with growing public disgruntlement in general, are strongly opposed. They contend that the fee should be picked up by the government, since safety in the sky is its responsibility, not consumers.
The TSA has not had a fee hike in over 10 years, CNN reports.