Get your tweets ready for  #TravelProblems because those pesky little TSA fees are about to increase, *cue the groans.*  The culprit behind this increase is not who you would expect. Instead of this change coming from the wicked airlines that try and squeeze every last dime out of you, the approval came from Congress as a part of the budget deal (who are now not so surprisingly trying to squeeze every last dime out of you). The original agreement was that starting in July the fee was to change from $2.50 for a non-stop flight, or $5 for a trip needing a connecting flight, to a flat fee of $5.60 each way.

The TSA though is starting to become philosophical and are pondering what it really means to be considered a round trip flight. USA Today has reported that the TSA has proposed a separate $5.60 fee for each leg of a flight in which a connection between domestic flights is more than four hours, or between domestic flights in Alaska or Hawaii and international destinations with layovers of more than 12 hours. That is not cool TSA, not cool at all.

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The change of fees is supposed to raise $12.6 billion in the next 10 years but that money is not being raised to support changes in security. It is instead being used to reduce the Federal deficient. There is a 60 day period that ends on August 19th where you can release your frustration but it will take another act of Congress to overturn the bill. The bearer of bad news is the press secretary of the TSA, Ross Feinstein, who released a statement to saying, “In accordance with Federal Law, the revenue generated from the security fee will be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury. 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.” I’m sure you can imagine that it really sucks to have his job right now.

The airlines are in just as much of an outrage over the change of fees as travelers are. Victoria Day, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America was quoted saying that the proposal, “will disproportionately hurt consumers from small and rural communities who must often use more one-way trips to reach their final destination.” Victoria Day is my new girl because she understands the struggle of  lady who travels back and forth to a small town in the Midwest. The final ruling on the fee will become effective on July 21st so purchase your tickets now while you still can!

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What do you think about the TSA fees increasing?

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Brooke is a rising senior and is studying Communications and English at Graceland University. Her parents sent her to the midwest with a dowry and a mission to find a husband. She came back for the summer with no husband and no money. Brooke is currently residing in Philadelphia but she dreams of living all over the world some day, starting in Italy.



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