Airlines Say TSA Fee Hike Will Make Ticket Prices Soar

Airlines Say TSA Fee Hike Will Make Ticket Prices Soar Photo: klikk/iStockphoto.com.

Advocates for American Airlines Group Inc., United Air Lines Inc. and other air carriers are contesting a U.S. Transportation Security Administration directive that they say inappropriately increases security fees for travelers.

In a petition filed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, lawyers for Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association claim that the Transportation Security Administration disregarded federal law and congressional intent when it issued a rule on June 20 that dropped a capped charge on tickets and let the agency collect fees for certain flights that start overseas. The order went into effect July 21.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 increased the fee for a normal round-trip ticket for U.S. travel from a $10 maximum to $11.20, an amount Congress intended to keep capped, the lawyers wrote in the petition. Under the rule, TSA can collect more than $11.20 on round-trip flights with layovers that are greater than four hours. The agency also can get fees from trips that start overseas and have connecting flights in the United States.

Affiliate publication Corporate Counsel has more.

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