The U.S. Congress approved a fee hike last year that takes affect this week, where the TSA security fee increases from $2.50 per leg, capped at $5 each way, to $5.60 in each direction.
The fee is assessed to travel booked on or after July 21.
A typical round trip would result in a fee of $11.20, where a traveler might have paid $5 previously. In addition, if a layover is more than four hours, then the TSA considers that to be two trips and you will be hit with the fee again.
“In accordance with federal law, the revenue generated from the security fee will be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury,” David Castelveter, a TSA spokesman, said in public statements Monday. “The revenue is to be used to offset TSA costs for providing civil aviation security services, after stipulated amounts are applied to reduction of the federal deficit.”
As you book air travel in the U.S. going forward, pay close attention to the length of your layover and consult your corporate travel policy.