A couple of years ago government taxes ostensibly for security were increased from $2.50 each way not to exceed $5 per roundtrip to $5.60 each way.
The $2.50 per direction fee had been constant since the February 2002, until it went up in 2014, though revenue has consistently grown:
The Obama administration is proposing to raise the fee from $5.60 per direction to:
- $6.60 in 2017
- $7 in 2018
- $7.25 in 2020
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says we need this because security.
Right now I believe aviation security is critical, given the world situation. We need help to pay for that. Those who use the system, as opposed to taxpayers generally, should help a little more in paying for those things. If these are not increased, we’re going to have a real problem finding where to pay for aviation security.
Transportation research Robert Poole, in Airport Policy News notes though that the money from this proposed increase isn’t actually going to security.
[D]ue to planned shifts in where the revenue would go, over the 10-year period through FY 2026, the proposal would generate $6.9 billion for TSA’s budget and $5.4 billion for general fund deficit reduction.