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Carry-On Luggage Costing Tax Payers $260 Million A Year!

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Carry-on baggage cost

This is certainly not helping the national debt go down.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, told Congress last week carry-on luggage is costing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) some $260 million every year.

She says that luggage fees have scared off more passengers from checking their bags and instead load more into their carry-on, which means more items for Transportation Security Administration officers to inspect at security checkpoints.

That's a bummer, so what is the head of Homeland Security suggesting? Charging us more to fly of course!

After being asked whether taxpayers should have to pick up these security fees or make airlines use some of their MASSIVE profits to offset the cost on the people, Napolitino suggested a surcharge of up to $5 on each ticket.

The new security fee, she says, would bring her department about $600 million a year.

Typical. Let's make the PEOPLE pay for the airline companies' cost to run THEIR business!

They probably can't afford it anyway, they only make an estimated $5 billion a year. Ha!

Question Janet…why are we footing the bill for a billion dollar business to run effectively?


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21 comments to “Carry-On Luggage Costing Tax Payers $260 Million A Year!”

  1. 1

    Airlines don't make MASSIVE profits: there's currently a race to the bottom for prices, oil never seems to stop climbing and they are being pushed to adopt more environmentally friendly technology (a positive, but expensive venture). Just look at how many airlines pop in and out of existence.

    I think we should be looking at the issue of why so much time and attention is payed to security measures in the US, are these 'security threats' really real? And do these screenings really provide much safety? There are still many things that can be taken onboard that could be a potential threat to passengers and crew.

    So really, why spend all this money?

  2. 2

    As a child of two parents who have been airline employees all of their lives and grandchildren of three grandparents who have also worked for the airlines all of their lives, they are NOT making a profit. All of my family has had their retirement cut in half. My parents have both slaved for years at high management level for about half the salary that others at their level make. Without government subsidies, airlines are just not a profitable business. There is absolutely no money in running that business and they take it out on the employees.

    In fact, statistically, flights are cheaper based on income (adjusted for inflation, of course) than during any other time in history. Stop blaming the airlines.

  3. Laura says – reply to this


    Fuck Napolitano, FoxNew's bitch. Obama needs to get rid of her. we pay $260 million a year so the airlines could make billions in baggage fees? how does that work? oh yeah, like everything else. Taxpayer subsides for the wealthy.

    Seriously, she just should have stayed in Arizona - than we wouldnt have to deal with crazy Brewer. Just one big mess.

  4. 4

    Who is the clueless airhead who wrote this? I mean what planet are you living on if you don't know that the airline industry has been taking it in the ass for over a decade and virtually all major airlines have filed bankruptcy while many have gone under or been gobbled up entirely

  5. 5

    You are all idiots. Esmarelda your just a worker bee for the airline. Corporate office used your and all the other co-workers' retirement packages to repaint all of the jets instead of digging into corporates pockets.

  6. 6

    Great post Perez and fluffy88 is WRONG!! We're the ones bearing the cost, just look at the statistic. Besides, most of us can't even afford the fly because the airlines keep adding extra "hidden" fees! Thanks for bringing awareness to this issue, Perez :)

  7. 7

    This is total BS. The airlines are pricing all of us out of travel essentially. I travel all the time in my line of work and these hikes are making it less and less possible for myself and my colleagues to stay employed and work because the ticket prices are becoming cost prohibative. All this new stupid stuff - nickle and diming travelers - for luggage, seat size, carry ons, bathroom useage, not even peanuts? etc… I hope the entire industry goes bankrupt and shuts down so that the government can take over and straighten this mess out. We need those super trains built to decongest travel like so many other countries have. The airlines are way over worked and understaffed. The flights are NEVER on time. The seats are like sardines, the delays and sitting on the runway is attrocious. You wanna get security right? - sorry but profile. Save some money by going to the source - not incinveniencing every one just to be PC.

  8. 8

    Wait. I'm no math genius, but the report says the TSA is spending 260 million a year to inspect these more tightly packed carry-ons. The $5 surcharge she's suggesting would bring in $600 million a year. It's bad enough she wants to add yet ANOTHER airline fee, but she wants to make a huge profit as well? WTH? I guess Janet, like Charlie, is WINNING!

  9. 9

    Because that's how businesses make money, they charge people for stuff… Search keywords "The Media Jerk" to read heartless criticism of the day's biggest celebrity news stories!!

  10. 10

    yeah perez. really? you should do some more research. with the price of gas for the last couple years, airlines have been cutting jobs and having to up fees in order to BARELY scrape by!!!! i know because my husband works in the airline industry. his employer just had to file for bankruptcy. we've been through several massive layoffs with major companies. in case you didn't know, flying is a luxury. if you don't like the price, don't fly. and until you know what you are talking about, please stop talking out of your ass. thanks.

  11. 11

    TSA should get some $$ from the Airlines checked luggage fee. In the first 3 quarters of 2010 Delta alone make $60 BILLION in checked luggage fees.

    I guarantee the CEO's and CFO's are still making bank!

    As a frequent traveler I'm never surprised by the lack of care, half assed job the TSA agents do.

  12. 12

    U.S. air travel is heavily subsidized by taxes, just as is highway travel. When we fly, we're taking the public's money, regardless of this particular issue. We're not currently paying the whole bill for the service we're using, so it's only fair to the taxpayers to charge passengers the extra five bucks.

  13. 13

    We're paying for a service. We don't expect Starbucks or Apple to hand us our coffee or computers at discounted prices- pay the price or don't travel.

  14. 14

    I wouldn't mind checking my bags, but it's the fact that my luggage always gets lost, I won't risk it anymore.

  15. 15

    The airlines made millions off of the checked baggage fees. I think companies are way too greedy nowdays.

  16. 16

    That's how business works…

  17. Bevi says – reply to this


    I'll pay for my carry on luggage, just let me fly!!!!

  18. 18

    I call BULLSHIZ on this story. I travel A LOT and trust me, all of the luggage gets screened just as swiftly as before. HOWEVER, what DOES take up time is that we're getting patted down, undressed and searched more often BECAUSE OF THE NEW SAFETY RULES and THAT is what COSTS the tax-payers all that money!! Great cover-up, blaming the luggage when in fact it's your government's paranoia that's eating up your money!

  19. 19

    The last time I checked, it is the PEOPLE that pay for the companies' cost to run THEIR busniess. I'm pretty sure that's why it's called a business. They make money. Am I misunderstanding that concept? Anyone?

  20. @v@ says – reply to this


    I prefer paying for regular theatre to security theatre, thank you.

  21. @v@ says – reply to this


    We can all pay for our own irradiating scans and rubber gloved pat downs.