Much of the travel community is understandably up in arms over the decision, which will be "published" today and take affect 30 days from now. Part of the reason Congress approved the increase in the face of the criticism is no doubt in part related to the fact that some of the extra money will be applied to the Federal deficit.
"In accordance with Federal Law, the revenue generated from the security fee will be deposited in the general fund of the Treasure," TSA Press Secretary Ross Reinstein told FoxBusiness.com. "The revenue is to be used to offset TSA costs for providing civil aviation security services, after stipulated amounts are applied to the reduction of the Federal deficit."
Hmmm... It would be one thing if the idea was to charge airline passengers more to support security measures, but the fact that flyers are now forced to chip in for the Federal deficit when they buy an airline ticket is borderline ridiculous. We hate to say the TSA and Congress went to bed together on this one, but it seems pretty clear.
If you want to air your frustration, there is a 60-day comment period for the bill, but the only avenue for feedback is to write your local Congressman. Couple that with the fact that it would also take another act of Congress to overturn the bill, looks like flyers are once again getting the short end of the stick without much recourse.
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