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Delta CEO security fee: Budget deal ups $5 security fee, flying cost increases

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A Delta CEO security fee is taking off to an airport near you very soon, as flying cost increases are only expected to rise in the coming weeks under a new security fee as part of a budget deal. Congress has settled on this added charge, believed to pass in upcoming couple of days or so, which will up the price of the $5 security fee for most round-trip tickets by double, MSN Money shares this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

The Delta CEO security fee comes under the pretense of a Congress-approved “budget deal” that will increase the cost of paying for the usual $5 security fee by over its double value, now costing $11.20 per round trip ticket. Expected to pass within the week, the increased charge will officially begin on July 1, 2013, under the bill.

According to the notice, the old fee was set at only $2.50 for each way on the average nonstop flight here in the U.S., and could not breach a total of $5 charge per traveling trip if connecting flights were necessary for the travel. Now, the more pricy expense under the Delta CEO security fee will be a hefty upping of $5.60 per way, regardless of connecting flights being necessary or not.

Who will be paying for this abrupt increase? The CEO of Delta Airlines has confirmed that it will be the public (namely, the airline travelers) who will need to pay this additional tab.

"Airfares are going up for consumers. So that tax increase will not be absorbed by Delta," Richard Anderson said at a Delta Airlines Inc. presentation in a formal statement this Wednesday morning regarding the budget deal.

One official from the Consumer Travel Alliance has admitted that due to these rising expenses at the airports and greater costs, for example, regarding the Transportation Security Administration, that travelers are ultimately paying more to fly via Delta, although they won’t be getting anything different or special for the higher money costs.

"The consumers just haven't seen the benefit of the fees they're paying,” he added on the budget deal.

Let’s just hope we do in the near future regarding this new Delta CEO security fee coming out of consumers’ pockets.



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