This nonsense has been aggravating from the beginning. The new fees were justified as a way to actually generate more airline passangers: people were avoiding airports because of long security lines, the talking points went, so if you increased security workers then more people would fly.
That argument - and we're being generous - had at least two fundamental problems. One, there was very little evidence that longer lines were affecting airlines' bottom lines more than, say, higher fees would. Two, the new revenue was not designed to go to TSA anyway, but instead was brainstormed for closing the budget deficit. In other words, this is plan to impose a new tax on travelers because Congress and the President can't get their shit together on fiscal issues.
Apparently, according to the airlines, not only were the new fees badly justified, but now TSA is overcharging even according to what the new law permits. One calculation has them levying $34 in fees per trip. The old cap was $10. For a family of four, that's a night at a decent hotel.
We wish the airlines all the luck in the world.
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