TSA complaints low in Des Moines; nationally, TSA charges on tickets rise
Monday, July 21, 2014 11:35 AM
Transportation Security Administration officials fielded 50 written complaints over a one-year period beginning in June 2011 from passengers who complained of items missing after luggage screenings and unnecessary body searches and inappropriate touching by TSA employees during pat-downs, The Des Moines Register reported. A TSA official told the Register that the number is a tiny fraction of 1 percent of the 1.1 million passengers who flew through Des Moines that year. Also, TSA fees on plane tickets are rising starting today, USA Today reported, from $2.50 for a nonstop flight and $5 for a connecting flight to $5.60 for all flights. Any connection longer than four hours will count as a separate flight. Congress approved the hike to help reduce the deficit; The TSA estimates that the increase will generate $16.9 billion more than current collections.