Although Congress approved the fee hike to help reduce the deficit, TSA is the agency getting pounded by more than 300 comments through Friday largely criticizing the agency and government taxation. Although the fees are going into effect, TSA will collect comments through Aug. 19.
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Patrick Riehl of Cambridge, Mass., argued that two things other than the TSA have made aviation safer since the Sept. 11 attacks that prompted creation of the agency: reinforced cockpit doors and passengers who fight back. "It only succeeds in humiliating the elderly, scaring children and making all travelers feel like criminal suspects," he said in submitted comments. "We should scale back airport security, not expand it."
Jonathan Peterson, of Atlanta, said he strongly opposes the higher fee because of past TSA mistakes in buying equipment that was later discarded. "The TSA has wasted tremendous traveler time and money, with useless security theater and lobbyist payout devices like whole-body scanners," he said.
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James Cartmill said because money is diverted to the general fund, the higher fee should be considered a tax — and House Republicans should be blamed for going against their pledge not to raise taxes. "It's all a very expensive fleecing of consumers, and now the TSA fee will become another thing to be cynical about and to add to the cost of travel," he said.