The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 30-0 to increase airline passenger security fees in an effort to cover shortfalls at the TSA.
The 2013 Homeland Security appropriations bill would increase one-way fees for passengers from $2.50 to $5 in order to close a budget shortfall at the Transportation Security Administration.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said the $315 million in funding would otherwise come from taxpayers and argued it is better to stick passengers who rely on TSA with the bill.
Apparently, the committee didn’t seek to find other ways to cut the TSA budget. Some things they could have done are:
1) Eliminate all aspects of security theater
2) Eliminate warehouses full of unused equipment and stop buying more
3) Privatization of security at the airports