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Passenger Fees FAQ

Effective December 19, 2014

How does the fee adjustment impact the air carrier reporting requirements established in the regulation?

Air carriers must continue to fulfill the record keeping and reporting requirements as provided in 49 CFR § 1510.17.

How is the September 11 Security Fee applied to air transportation sold to passengers on public charter flights?

If a passenger purchased air transportation from a public charter operator, which means paying the charter operator in full for air transportation, at any time prior to December 19, 2014, the public charter operator must collect the September 11 Security Fee in place prior to December 19, 2014. Conversely, if the passenger purchased public charter air transportation on or after December 19, 2014, the public charter operator must collect the revised September 11 Security Fee.

The direct or foreign air carrier operating the public charter flight must then collect the September 11 Security Fee from the public charter operator and remit the security fees to TSA the earlier of:

  • The time the direct or foreign air carrier received funds from the public charter escrow account; or
  • The date the direct or foreign air carrier operated the flight.

Note that the direct and foreign air carrier remittance date to TSA has no effect on the amount of the fee that should be collected from the passenger. The remittance amount is based on when the passenger purchased public charter air transportation from the public charter operator. 

How is the September 11 Security Fee applied to prepaid air transportation?

In the case of prepaid air transportation, if the passenger fully prepaid air transportation prior to December 19, 2014, and the carrier issued a ticket against the prepaid amount on or after December 19, 2014, the carrier must collect the September 11 Security Fee in effect prior to December 19, 2014, for that ticket because TSA considers the air transportation to have been purchased prior to December 19, 2014.

How will the adjustment be implemented?

The imposition and collection of the September 11 Security Fee will remain at $5.60 per one-way trip on air transportation sold on or after 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time December 19, 2014, except that the fee imposed per round trip shall not exceed $11.20.

See the chart below for further itinerary examples that detail imposition of the fee prior from July 21, 2014 to December 18, 2014 and on and after December 19, 2014.

Itinerary Examples

Fee Imposition 49 CFR Part 1510 Effective July 21-December 18, 2014

Fee Imposition 49 CFR Part 1510 and H.R. 5462 Effective December 19, 2014 Structure

Washington Dulles to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to Washington Dulles

$11.20

2 one-way trips

$11.20

1 round trip with 2 chargeable one-way trips

Washington Dulles to Chicago
Chicago to Washington Dulles

$5.60

1 one-way trip

$5.60

1 round trip with 1 chargeable one-way trip

Washington Dulles to Chicago
Chicago to Los Angeles (stopover)
Los Angeles to Chicago
Chicago to Washington Dulles

$11.20

2 one-way trips

$11.20

1 round trip with 2 chargeable one-way trips

Washington Dulles to Chicago
Chicago to Los Angeles
Los Angeles to Seattle (stopover)
Seattle to Los Angeles
Los Angeles to Chicago
Chicago to Washington Dulles

$11.20

2 one-way trips

$11.20

1 round trip with 2 chargeable one-way trips

Washington Dulles to Chicago
Chicago to Los Angeles
Los Angeles to Seattle (stopover)
Seattle to Los Angeles

$11.20

2 one-way trips

$11.20

2 one-way trips

Paris to New York
New York to Chicago

$5.60

1 one-way trip

5.60

1 one-way trip

Chicago to New York (stopover)
New York to Frankfurt (stopover)
Frankfurt to Chicago
Chicago to Minneapolis

$16.80

3 one-way trips

$16.80

3 one-way trips

Newark to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to Denver (stopover)
Denver to Las Vegas (stopover)
Las Vegas to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to San Francisco

$28.00

5 one-way trips

$28.00

5 one-way trips

Newark to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to Denver (stopover)
Denver to Las Vegas (stopover)
Las Vegas to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to Newark

$28.00

5 one-way trips

$11.20

1 round trip with 2 chargeable one-way trips

Orlando to Pittsburgh (stopover)
Pittsburgh to Orlando (stopover)
Orlando to Pittsburgh (stopover)
Pittsburgh to Orlando (stopover)
Orlando to Pittsburgh (stopover)
Pittsburgh to Orlando

$33.60

6 one-way trips

$33.60

3 round trips with 6 chargeable one-way trips

Juneau to Anchorage (stopover  10 hrs)
Anchorage to Seattle (stopover  10 hrs)
Seattle to Chicago (stopover  10 hrs)
Chicago to New York

$11.20

2 one-way trip

$11.20

2 one-way trips

Juneau to Anchorage (stopover  10 hrs)
Anchorage to Seattle (stopover  10 hrs)
Seattle to Chicago (stopover  10 hrs)
Chicago to New York
New York to Juneau

$11.20

2 one-way trips

$11.20

1 round trip with 2 chargeable one-way trips

What are examples of applying the passenger fee on or after Dec. 19, 2014, if air transportation is changed?

 

Example 1: Air transportation from Washington to Chicago to Los Angeles with a stopover only in Los Angeles that returns via the same route purchased before December 19, 2014, is charged a $11.20 fee for two one-way trips. If the passenger changed the itinerary to Washington to Los Angeles with only a stopover in Los Angeles and returns via the same route and the ticket is re-priced on or after December 19, 2014, the carrier must continue to charge the September 11 Security Fee of $11.20 for one round trip. 

Example 2: Air transportation from Washington to Chicago to Los Angeles purchased before December 19, 2014, is charged a $5.60 fee. If the passenger changed the itinerary to Washington to Los Angeles with a stopover in Los Angeles and returns via the same route and the ticket is re-priced on or after December 19, 2014, the carrier must charge the revised September 11 Security Fee of $11.20. 

Example 3: Air transportation from Washington to Chicago to Los Angeles purchased before December 19, 2014, is charged a $5.60 fee. If the air carrier changed the itinerary to Washington to Los Angeles on or after December 19, 2014, neither the carrier nor the passenger is liable for a revised September 11 Security Fee. The fee remains $5.60.

  

What if a carrier does not collect the required fees from a passenger?

If a direct or foreign air carrier does not properly collect the fee from the passenger, the direct or foreign air carrier is still solely liable to TSA for the fee.

What if a ticket originally purchased prior to December 19, 2014, was changed by the passenger on or after December 19, 2014?

If a passenger purchased a ticket before December 19, 2014, and changed the original itinerary and the ticket changed in price December 19, 2014, the carrier must treat the itinerary change as a new purchase and charge the revised September 11 Security Fee.

If however, a passenger purchased a ticket before December 19, 2014, and changed the amenities of that ticket on or after December 19, 2014, the carrier must not treat the transaction as a new purchase of air transportation and continue to collect the fee as in effect prior to December 19, 2014. Amenities include seating changes, meals or other items not related to air transportation.

What is the significance of continental air transportation and non-continental air transportation?

TSA modified the definition of “stopover” to make a distinction not only between domestic and foreign travel, but to recognize that non-continental U.S. air transportation (outside the contiguous 48 states) is more like foreign air transportation than continental air transportation. Stopover means a break in travel of more than:

  • four hours (4) for continental interstate and intrastate air transportation
  • twelve hours (12) for non-continental interstate and intrastate air transportation as well as foreign air transportation.

When must air carriers remit fees to TSA?

Under 49 CFR § 1510.13(a), direct and foreign air carriers must remit all September 11 Security Fees imposed each calendar month to TSA by the last calendar day of the month following the imposition of the fee. Therefore, direct and foreign air carriers must remit any September 11 Security Fees imposed on air transportation sold during the month of December 2014, no later than January 31, 2015.

Why was the TSA September 11 Security Fee adjusted effective December 19, 2014?

Effective December 19, 2014, TSA adjusted the fee in accordance with H.R.5462, which limits the maximum fee for round trips to $11.20.

Passenger Fees FAQ - Effective July 21, 2014

How does the fee adjustment impact the air carrier reporting requirements established in the regulation?

Air carriers must continue to fulfill the record keeping and reporting requirements as provided in 49 CFR § 1510.17.

How is the September 11 Security Fee applied to air transportation sold to passengers on public charter flights?

A public charter operator must collect the September 11 Security Fee in place prior to July 21, 2014, if air transportation was purchased from a public charter operator in full at any time prior to July 21, 2014. Conversely, if the passenger purchases public charter air transportation after July 21, 2014, the public charter operator must collect the revised September 11 Security Fee.

The direct or foreign air carrier operating the public charter flight must then collect the September 11 Security Fee from the public charter operator and remit the security fees to TSA the earlier of: the time the direct or foreign air carrier receives funds from the public charter escrow account; or the date the direct or foreign air carrier operates the flight.

Note that the direct and foreign air carrier remittance date to TSA has no effect on the amount of the fee that should be collected from the passenger. The remittance amount is based on when the passenger purchases public charter air transportation from the public charter operator. 

How is the September 11 Security Fee applied to prepaid air transportation?

If the passenger fully prepaid air transportation prior to July 21, 2014, and the carrier issued a ticket against the prepaid amount after July 21, 2014, the carrier must collect the September 11 Security Fee in effect prior to July 21, 2014. The air transportation is considered to have been purchased prior to July 21, 2014.

How will the adjustment be implemented?

The imposition and collection of the September 11 Security Fee will change from $2.50 per enplanement, with a maximum of $5.00 per one-way and maximum of $10.00 per round trip to $5.60 per one-way trip on air transportation sold on or after 12:00AM Eastern Standard Time July 21, 2014.

See the chart below for further itinerary examples that detail imposition of the fee prior to July 21st and after July 21st.

Itinerary Examples

Imposition Prior
to July 21, 2014

Imposition Beginning
July 21, 2014

Washington Dulles to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to Washington Dulles

$5.00

1 round trip with 2 chargeable enplanements

$11.20

2 one-way trips

Washington Dulles to Chicago
Chicago to Los Angeles (stopover)
Los Angeles to Chicago
Chicago to Washington Dulles

$10.00

1 round trip with 4 chargeable enplanements

$11.20

2 one-way trips

Washington Dulles to Chicago
Chicago to Los Angeles
Los Angeles to Seattle (stopover)
Seattle to Los Angeles
Los Angeles to Chicago
Chicago to Washington Dulles

$10.00

1 round trip with 4 chargeable enplanements

$11.20

2 one-way trips

Washington Dulles to Chicago

$2.50

1 one-way trip with 1 chargeable enplanement

$5.60

1 one-way trip

Washington Dulles to Chicago
Chicago to Los Angeles
Los Angeles to Seattle (stopover)
Seattle to Los Angeles

$7.50

2 one-way trips with 3 chargeable enplanements

$11.20

2 one-way trips

Paris to New York
New York to Chicago

$2.50

1 one-way trip with 1 chargeable enplanement

$5.60

1 one-way trip

Chicago to New York (stopover)
New York to Frankfurt (stopover)
Frankfurt to Chicago
Chicago to Minneapolis

$7.50

3 one-way trips with 3 chargeable enplanements

$16.80

3 one-way trips

Newark to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to Denver (stopover)
Denver to Las Vegas (stopover)
Las Vegas to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to San Francisco

$12.50

5 one-way trips with 5 chargeable enplanements

$28.00

5 one-way trips

Newark to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to Denver (stopover)
Denver to Las Vegas (stopover)
Las Vegas to Chicago (stopover)
Chicago to Newark

$10.00

1 round trip with 4 chargeable enplanements

$28.00

5 one-way trips

Orlando to Pittsburgh (stopover)
Pittsburgh to Orlando (stopover)
Orlando to Pittsburgh (stopover)
Pittsburgh to Orlando (stopover)
Orlando to Pittsburgh (stopover)
Pittsburgh to Orlando

$15.00

3 round trips with 6  chargeable enplanements

$33.60

6 one-way trips

Juneau to Anchorage (stopover 10 hrs)
Anchorage to  Seattle (stopover 10 hrs)
Seattle to Chicago (stopover 10 hrs)
Chicago to New York

$10.00

4 one-way trips with 4      chargeable enplanements

$11.20

2 one-way trips

What are some examples of applying the September 11 Security Fee after July 21, 2014 if air transportation is changed?

Example 1: Air transportation from Washington to Chicago to Los Angeles with a stopover only in Los Angeles and returns via the same route purchased before July 21, 2014, is charged a $10 fee.  If the passenger changed the itinerary to Washington to Los Angeles with only a stopover in Los Angeles and returned via the same route and the ticket is re-priced after July 21, 2014, the carrier must charge the revised September 11 Security Fee of $11.20.

Example 2: Air transportation from Washington to Chicago to Los Angeles purchased before July 21, 2014, is charged a $5 fee. If the passenger changed the itinerary to Washington to Los Angeles and the ticket is re-priced after July 21, 2014, the carrier must charge the revised September 11 Security Fee of $5.60.

Example 3: Air transportation from Washington to Chicago to Los Angeles purchased before July 21, 2014, is charged a $5 fee. If the air carrier changes the itinerary to Washington to Los Angeles after July 21, 2014, due to an involuntary re-route, neither the carrier nor the passenger is liable for a revised September 11 Security Fee. The fee remains $5.00.

What if a carrier does not collect the required fees from a passenger?

If a direct or foreign air carrier does not properly collect the fee form the passenger, the air direct or foreign air carrier is still solely liable to TSA for the fee.

What if a ticket originally purchased prior to July 21, 2014, was changed by the air carrier after July 21, 2014?

If a passenger purchased a ticket before July 21, 2014, and the air carrier changed the original itinerary after July 21, 2014, due to an involuntary re-route, neither the passenger nor the air carrier are liable to TSA for the difference in the imposition of the revised fee.

What if a ticket originally purchased prior to July 21, 2014, was changed by the passenger after July 21, 2014?

If a passenger purchased a ticket before July 21, 2014, changed the original itinerary and the ticket was re-priced after July 21, 2014, the carrier must treat the itinerary change as a new purchase and charge the revised September 11 Security Fee.

If a passenger purchased a ticket before July 21, 2014, and changed the amenities of that ticket after July 21, 2014, the carrier must not treat the transaction as a new purchase. The carrier will continue to collect the fee as in effect prior to July 21, 2014. Amenities include seating changes, meals, or other items not related to air transportation.

What is the significance of continental air transportation and non-continental air transportation?

TSA changed the definition of stopover to make a distinction between domestic and foreign travel, and to recognize that non-continental U.S. air transportation (outside the contiguous 48 states) is more like foreign air transportation. Stopover means a break in travel of more than: four hours for continental interstate and intrastate air transportation; twelve hours for non-continental interstate and intrastate air transportation as well as foreign air transportation.

When must air carriers remit fees to TSA?

Under 49 CFR § 1510.13(a), direct and foreign air carriers must remit all September 11 Security Fees imposed each calendar month to TSA by the last calendar day of the month following the imposition of the fee. Therefore, direct and foreign air carriers must remit any September 11 Security Fees imposed on air transportation sold during the month of October 2014, no later than November 30, 2014.

Why was the September 11 Security Fee adjusted?

Effective, July 21 2014, TSA adjusted the fee in accordance with Public Law 113-67, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.