Flying fee: Travelers don’t think airfare hike is very friendly

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CLEVELAND -- If you ever fly, expect to pay a little more for airfare. The increase for TSA's September 11th Security Fee went into effect Monday.

Congress voted on the fee hike last year. Money from it usually goes to the Transportation Security Administration, but now a majority of the funds will be used to chip away at the nation's debt.

“I fly all over the country, California sometimes and Florida and the east coast," said Mike Cahill who was at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to pick up his wife.

He travels often for work and doesn't think the fee hike is fair.

“It’s another tax. It sounds like they’re taxing our airfare a little bit more," he said.

He's not the only one who feels the way; other travelers agree there could've been a better alternative.

“It’s like okay, one more expense to fly which is really frustrating because already the airlines have increased fees with having to pay to have your bags checked and everything," said Elaine Williams who was also at the airport.

So how much can a person expect to pay now for the fee? Well that varies depending on the length of the flight and to where.

For a one-way, non-stop flight it was $2.50; now it's $5.60. If it's a round-trip flight with no connections it'll cost $11.20.

TSA wanted to remind flyers they didn't make the decision for the increase, Congress did.

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