The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) put the industry on notice that the 9/11 security fee on airline tickets is slated for an increase on July 1, as mandated by Congress in last year’s budget compromise.

In a Federal Register notice, TSA explained how the increase will be applied.

Under current law, the fee is $2.50 per enplanement or per segment, with a cap of $5 per one-way trip or $10 per roundtrip.

The new fee is $5.60 per one-way trip, but with no cap.

The elimination of the cap means that the fee could be imposed more than four times on a multi-stop itinerary with long connection times or multiple stopovers.

Under an airline-TSA agreement about ticketing and itinerary terminology, a stopover is a four-hour break in a journey. That means a two-segment trip with a four-hour connection en route is treated as two one-way trips with a stopover, triggering $11.20 in fees.

The new system could mean the 9/11 fee will more than double on some itineraries.

TSA added that the fees are assessed on the basis of the ticketed itinerary and “involuntary changes to the itinerary have no impact on the fee,” either for refunds or additional collections.

Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association, spoke out against the change, stating, "Not only did the fee increase, but now, if passengers have layovers of longer than four hours, they are charged the entire fee again.”

Dow also said, “The travel community can support user fees when they are designed to demonstrably benefit the users who pay them. Unfortunately, the recent adjustments to the TSA fee do not meet that standard,” because a portion of the increased fee is being allocated to the general fund for deficit reduction.

The existing fee is used exclusively to defray the cost of security.

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