|GAO analysis of TSA air security appropriations and air security fees.|
The proposed deal, expected to pass in the next several days, would more than double the $5 security fee on most round-trip tickets, to $11.20 per ticket. The higher fee begins on July 1.
The old fee was $2.50 each way for a nonstop flight, capped at $5 each way if a traveler has a connection. The new fee would be $5.60 each way whether or not there's a connection.
The CEO of Delta Air Lines said travelers will be the ones who pay it.
"Airfares are going up for consumers. So that tax increase will not be absorbed by Delta," Richard Anderson said at a Delta Air Lines Inc. presentation for investors in New York on Wednesday.
So be it. We look in vain for other fee increases or spending cuts to align program revenues and costs. Going through the federal budget program by program, activity by activity and line by line, there would be a $100 to $200 billion per year in deficit reduction -- easy.