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Bush Seeks Higher Airline Security Fees

A fee charged to airline travelers to help pay for airport security would more than double under President Bush’s proposed spending plan for the Homeland Security Department.Bush’s plan, due to be released Feb. 7, would add just $48 million to Homeland Security’s overall $41 billion budget, according to a copy of the agency proposal obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. Of that, $6.8 billion is required by law while the rest is appropriated by Congress, which could change the total. Bush’s plan calls for boosting the security fee from $2.50 to $5.50 for a one-way airline ticket and from $5 to $8 for a round trip. The hikes are expected to generate $1.5 billion.Full Story

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