Senate Dems back plan to double TSA ‘security fee’ per flight
posted at 11:12 am on May 29, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
If you enjoy the long lines and interminable waits at airport checkpoints, relish the thrill of removing your shoes, your belt, and any other article of clothing or jewelry that is likely to trip the sensors … then prepare to fall in love. The Transportation Security Administration—that paragon of governmental efficiency and competence—wants to double the security fee on each round-trip airline ticket from $5 to $10.
And what’s more is that the agency that has strip-searched wheelchair-bound grandmas and their grandchildren in diapers while never nabbing a single terrorist has the backing of Democrats in the Senate. Not since Barack Obama sought to unionize the TSA in 2011 to increase his support by Big Labor has there been a more galling move that involved an agency that should have long ago been disbanded.
A video report by CNN notes that the TSA’s budget, like many in Washington, is scheduled to be cut. Senate Republicans have proposed trimming other social programs to offset the security fee increase. Yet, it would appear from the revelation last month that the TSA was secretly shelving expensive high-tech equipment in a Texas warehouse that the budget could use a good trimming.
Meanwhile, flyers opposed to paying more to keep the TSA in hose have the support of a strange bedfellow—the airline industry. WTVR, the Richmond, Va., CBS affiliate, quotes Airlines for America spokesman Sean Kennedy as saying:
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.
Thanks, Sean. Now, if you could do something about the ridiculous baggage fees imposed by major air carriers, we’d really be getting somewhere.
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