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Richard Anderson, Chief Operating Officer at Delta Airlines, says the security fee being considered in Congress will be paid by travelers not by the airlines themselves. Richard Anderson, Chief Operating Officer at Delta Airlines, says the security fee being considered in Congress will be paid by travelers not by the airlines themselves.

(WMC-TV) - Congress is debating a budget that would increase the cost of a nonstop, round-trip airline ticket. The budget would add $5 to the ticket.

Delta officials say if you fly the money is likely to come out of your wallet. The money would go toward what is called a Transportation Security Administration fee.

Richard Anderson, Chief Operating Officer at Delta Airlines, says the security fee being considered in Congress will be paid by travelers not by the airlines themselves.

Anderson calls the fee a tax and says it means fares are going up. He stresses the increase will not be absorbed by Delta.

Other airlines are also criticizing a potential increase in security fees that are added to the price of flight tickets.

Debate over security increases comes in the aftermath of 9/11, when the government began tacking on a security fee for each flight sold. It was $2.50 per nonstop flight and a maximum of $5 on a connecting flight. The proposed increase could start as soon as next year.

Air travelers tired of baggage fees and many other increased costs say the prospect of yet another charge is enough to make them queasy.

In fact, in December Airlines for America, a trade association that supports the airline industry, began handing out leaflets and air sickness bags with special messages at Washington Reagan National Airport that asked the question, "Are high taxes on air travel making you sick?"

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