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Security fee on airline tickets set to rise

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airline passengers are about to pay more for security screening.
 
Following orders from Congress, the Transportation Security Administration is poised to raise the fee to $5.60 each way. That's up from $2.50 each way for a nonstop flight and $5 for a trip including connections.
 
Trips with long stopovers - more than four hours on most domestic travel - will have bigger increases because each leg will trigger a new fee.
 
The proposed changes will be published Friday in the Federal Register and take effect 30 days later.
 
Congress approved higher TSA fees as part of a December budget deal. Despite protests against the TSA's proposal, Congress dictated that the security fee rise to $5.60.
 
There is a 60-day public comment period, but it would likely take another act of Congress to change TSA's rules.
 
A spokeswoman for industry trade group Airlines for America says the changes will hurt people in smaller cities who must take more one-way flights to get where they're going.
 
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