Airline Industry Urges Congress to Reject Increases in TSA and Customs Fees

By Paul Riegler on 12 February 2018
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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Trump administration’s budget for fiscal year 2019 would include an annual $2.9 billion increase in Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection security fees to be paid by travelers and shippers.

The move was strongly opposed by the U.S. airline industry, saying the increases cannot be justified.

“Increasing taxes in any form will add to the cost of flying for millions of Americans, curtail job growth and limit the options small and medium communities currently enjoy,” said Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, the trade association representing major U.S. airlines.

The budget, if approved by Congress, would increase the TSA Passenger Security Fee by $1 per trip in fiscal year 2019 and by $1.65 the following year, making the total fee $8.25 per flight.

The immigration inspection user fee would increase from $7 to $9 per entry, while the customs user fee would go from $5.65 to $7.75.

The increase in the TSA fee would cost travelers an additional $2 million per annum, the administration estimated, while the immigration and customs fee increases would cost passengers an additional $900 million annually.

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