Fares will rise to sustain security screening in US

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Just as you think that fares are coming down as airlines rationalize their cost structures and the fuel surcharge for one may be a thing of the past in the current climate of the low oil prices holding steady, don’t hold your breath that this is going to stay for long.

The Trump administration is cutting non-defence spending which may affect airport security programs as the Homeland Security department focuses on other priorities such as immigration enforcement and building a border wall along the border with Mexico.

According to an article published by Conde Nast Traveler, the US government wants air travellers to pay more of the cost of funding airport screening. The additional fee will be charged to the ticket. US carriers are said to be fighting this, but until they succeed, it will mean higher fare.

However, this is not a new surcharge. According to Conde Nast, there is already a September 11 security user fee of US$13.20 charged to the ticket, and this is expected to increase by another US$2. While the increase may seem small per ticket, it is appears that the level of security screening is premised on fliers faced with no choice but to cop up the couple of dollars. How much more lies in store?


About Dingzi
Writer by passion, with professional expertise in aviation, customer service and creative writing. Aviation veteran, author, editor and management consultant. Besides commentary on business issues and life-interest topics, travel stories and book reviews, genres include fiction, poetry and plays. Nature lover who abhors cruelty of any form to animals, and a tireless traveler. Above all, a dreamer.

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