TSA More Than Doubles Its Fee On Air Travel Beginning July 21

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The Transportation Security Administration will raise the fee for security screenings on airline tickets to $5.60 each way beginning July 21.

That’s up from $2.50 each way on a nonstop flight and $5 for a trip with connections.

Congress approved the fee increase as part of the December budget agreement.

An Airlines for America spokeswoman told ABC News that smaller cities, where people must take more flights to get where they’re going, will be hurt the most.

The fees are expected to generate about $16.9 billion within 10 years in additional funding for passenger safety measures. The TSA has argued that the fee, instated after September 11, never fully funded its work.

“The revenue is to be used to offset TSA costs for providing civil aviation security services, after stipulated amounts are applied to reduction of the Federal deficit,” the TSA said in a statement.

Earlier this week the Department of Homeland Security announced airport security measures would be heightened amid reports that terror groups are developing undetectable bombs.

"Will this put more air marshals in the skies, will this put more screeners at the checkpoint, will this pay for better equipment to detect items coming through checkpoints? If money is spent for that, it's money well spent," said airport security consultant Jeff Price.

Sources: KMGH-TV, MarketWatch