The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA — already under public scrutiny for implementing questionable and invasive airport security screening procedures with the enhanced pat-down policy if one declines being screened by a full-body scanner — is now considering requesting airline passengers to pay for the privilege, according to this article in Bloomberg Businessweek written by John Hughes and Jeff Bliss, in the form of an increase in airline security fees in the United States.
Here is a quote from the article:
An increase in U.S. airline security fees is among “strong possibilities” being considered to pay for higher costs of detecting terrorist threats, the Transportation Security Administration chief said.
“There are some different fees being discussed,” John Pistole, who leads the agency, said in an interview today at Bloomberg’s office in Washington. The $2.50-a-passenger fee now added to ticket prices is “obviously a significant source of revenue for providing security services. That is one of those strong possibilities.”
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