After Congress approved the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fee increase last year, the TSA pulled a fast one on air travelers by imposing extra fees not intended by Congress. The result: the TSA is now getting sued.
According to Travelpulse.com:
Two influential trade groups that represent the majority of the major airlines have filed suit against the United States government over the Transportation Security Administration fee increase that went into effect last week.
Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association filed the suit Wednesday in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., alleging that the new, higher fees imposed by the TSA violate federal law.
“When Congress authorized the $5.60 fee in a budget bill, the law based the fee on a ‘one-way trip’ regardless of connections or length of time,” the suit alleges. “Instead of honoring congressional intent and simply accepting the increased fees on one-way trips authorized by the Budget Act, TSA attempts to conjure up even more fees by eliminating the round-trip cap.”According to the article, the TSA changed the definition of what constitutes a round-trip flight by imposing an extra $5.60 fee for each leg of the flight where there is a connection of more than four hours.
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