TSA security fee on airline tickets to increase Monday

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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fees on plane tickets are rising Monday, and travelers who are used to non-stop flights or long layovers will notice the biggest change.

The current fee is $2.50 for a non-stop flight or $5 for a connecting flight. The new fee will be $5.60 for all flights, with any connection longer than four hours counting as a separate flight.

About 65 percent of collected fees will fund security screenings, while the remaining funds will go to the general fund.

A TSA spokesperson released the following statement about the increase on Sunday.

“As required by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, TSA has submitted an interim final rule to the Federal Register to restructure the September 11 Security Fee. 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.”

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