Washington, D.C. - U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the implementation of a hike on the traveler fee that funds Transportation Security Administration (TSA) activities:
“Clearly there needs to be adequate funding for aviation security, but the last adjustment to the fee that funds TSA activities was very disappointing.
“In the budget agreement for the current fiscal year, the fee was raised knowing that a significant portion would be used to fund unrelated projects by Congress, instead of using all of the new revenue to pay for improved security activities.
“Not only did the fee increase, but now, if passengers have layovers of longer than four hours, they are charged the entire fee again.
“The travel community can support user fees when they are designed to demonstrably benefit the users who pay them. Unfortunately, the recent adjustments to the TSA fee do not meet that standard.”
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