January 4, 2002
Flying to a cruise port after February 1? Know this: All those upgraded airport security programs come at a cost -- to airline passengers -- as the U.S. Department of Transportation is adding additional fees to airline tickets. The “security fee” is $2.50 per flight (if you fly a connecting itinerary that’s $2.50 per segment) for a maximum of $10 per passenger, based on roundtrip travel. The government’s hoping the fees will generate some $900 million, which will be used to invest in new technology and hire additional passenger screeners and law enforcement officers. Taxes on airline travel are becoming almost as complicated as the taxes we pay on gasoline for our cars; airline travelers are already paying up to $18 apiece, based on roundtrip tickets, for airport improvements.