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TSA wants to raise ticket fees.
The agency, backed by Democrats in the Senate, wants to increase the security fee everyone pays with a ticket.
The fee would increase from $2.50 a flight to $5 for a one-way ticket and $10 round-trip.
TSA’s budget, like many in Washington, is set to be cut. And the agency says boosting this fee would help cover the increasing price of security, like those costly scanners. The fee hasn’t been hiked in 10 years.
But the airlines are lobbying against it, saying travelers are paying enough.
However, many passengers don’t seem to mind if it keeps them safe.
“Air security is a national security function and it’s something that all of us need to be behind as Americans, and the government should be picking up the cost of that,” said Sean Kennedy with Airlines for America.
Republicans want to cut from other social programs to pay for the security fee increase.
All of this has to be worked out right now so that the TSA can get its funding for next year