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TSA fees raised on airline tickets

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Beginning in July, passengers’ security fees will be going up at U.S. airports. (Source: CNN) Beginning in July, passengers’ security fees will be going up at U.S. airports. (Source: CNN)

NEW YORK (CNN) – Baggage fees, cancellation fees, transfer fees – flying is full of extra charges.

This summer, travelers will notice as higher fee tacked on to their ticket price. But this time you can’t blame the airline.

Starting July 21, the Transportation Security Administration will increase its fee on flights. Right now, the TSA’s passenger security fee is $2.50 per flight. The new charge will be $5.60, a flat fee.

So a round trip, nonstop flight will now cost passengers $11.20 versus $5.

If a traveler is held up on a long layover, then you may have double the charges. For example, say you have a flight from New York to Chicago, to Denver to Las Vegas, with a layover of more than four hours between each. You will pay $22.40 in just TSA fees.

Previously, the TSA capped fees at two flights, so customers would never pay above $10 per trip.

You can thank the bipartisan budget deal passed in December for the price hike. The fee helps fund airport security.

However, 75 percent of revenue of the high will offset spending in the federal budget instead.

The only bright spot is that an industry trade group believes some carriers may pick up some of the new charges.

But don’t bet the house on it yet – no major airlines have announced how they will handle it.

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