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TSA doubling security fees on airfare starting Monday

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Fees on plane tickets are going up Monday and it has nothing to do with a single airliner.
 
Instead, Monday marks the kick off of the September 11 Security Fee that will partially fund the Transportation Security Administration in airports across the country.

For flights booked after July 21, TSA security fees on airfare will increase more than 100 percent, according to the agency, on both domestic and internationally flights. 

The cost of most nonstop, roundtrip flights will increase about $6. For additional stops and layovers, $5.60 will be added to your ticket at each location. 

Currently, passengers pay a built-in $2.50 TSA security on each leg of travel when taking a trip. That equals $5.00 when taking a normal roundtrip. 

In a statement issued by TSA to WBTV, a spokesperson said,

"As required by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, TSA has published an interim final rule to the Federal Register to restructure the September 11th 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."​

"I hope they double their manpower if they're doubling fees," one domestic traveler told WBTV, Monday morning.

​Another traveler, set for a flight to San Diego, told WBTV, "Why not just keep the fees where they are? There's no need for the increase."

Jonathan Lane, who paid $700 for plane tickets from Las Vegas to visit family in Charlotte said, "I believe they make enough money as it is. I don't really see a reason to increase rates on any level."

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