TSA Fees to Increase- What This Means for Consumers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is set to raise its fees later this month. While many consumers are unaware that the TSA has set fees, the fact of the matter is that they do, and these fees are directly introduced into the price of an airline ticket. According to an article from Bloomberg’s MarketWatch:

Under the old law, the fee, which is used for flyer security, was $2.50 for each leg of a flight with a $5 cap on each one-way trip or a $10 cap on each round trip. But beginning July 21, the fee is $5.60 for each leg of a flight and that is not capped; if your layover is more than four hours on a domestic flight or 12 hours for international destinations, that counts as a second leg of the flight and you will be charged an additional fee.

This price raise will be felt by the consumers. As airline ticket prices include a myriad of fees, this raise will not be an exception to this rule. The proposed increase, though small, will no doubt be factored into the price of airline tickets, causing air travel to be more expensive. Unfortunately, there is not much consumers can do to avoid this increase. However, one recommenced strategy is to look for fares on other websites (Expedia, Orbitz, etc.) in order to find already discounted airfare in order to offset the increased fee.

Read More- “New TSA Fees to Make Airfare More Expensive Starting Next Month” (Catey Hill, MarketWatch)

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A rising senior at Colgate University, John is currently working as a research fellow with Consumers' Research.


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