WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Starting next week air travelers will pay more to fly.
The fee used to pay for airport security is going to go up on July 21.
Right now passengers pay $2.50 per leg of their trip. That fee is going to go up to a flat rate of $5.60 for a one-way trip.
Passengers with layovers longer than four hours will be hit with the $5.60 fee again.
The so-called "September 11th Security Fee" pays for training, salaries, benefits for federal security screeners and the Federal Air Marshal program.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, the majority of the money from the increased fee will go to pay off the federal deficit as ordered by the 2013 budget: http://budget.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=364049