If the fee hike is approved by Congress, Americans will have to pay double for the privilege of being groped by TSA agents at the airport.
The U.S. Transportation and Security Administration has proposed doubling the screening fees for all flights originating in the U.S. The Senate has given the increase the go-ahead and the proposal is now awaiting full Congressional approval.
The provision has been tacked on to the 2013 Homeland Security appropriations bill and if Congress passes the proposed hike, the security fee for a round-trip ticket will double from $5 to $10.
Sean Kennedy, spokesman for Airlines for America told Fox in the video, “Air security is a national security function and it’s something that all of us need to be behind as Americans, and the government should be picking up the cost of that.”
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) authored the amendment to the Homeland Security bill and estimates that doubling the security fee would bring in $315 million in funding.
The Hill reports that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) have introduced a separate amendment that would cut out Landrieu’s proposal and instead rely on cutting federal spending from elsewhere to cover the cost. This measure lost by a single vote.
Sen. Hutchinson says, "Aviation is already taxed at the highest rate of any industry in the country” and that "The industry's federal tax burden on a typical $300 round-trip ticket has nearly tripled since 1972 from $22 to $61."
Hutchinson also said that the airline industry has already been hit hard by the post-recession economy and that hiking the fees would make passengers decide not to fly.