by Katia Lin
Hey jetsetters! Starting 2012 your domestic airline tickets may become even more expensive. In 2005, airlines first started charging baggage checking fees that raned anywhere from 15 to 40 dollars. And because most Americans are money conscious, there was a large influx of carry-on bags. Currently we have the same number of x-ray machines at the check point, but a 50% increase of traffic which causes longer lines and less efficient security. Although customer satisfaction is important, the main problem is security. According to homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, adding more security staff could cost 250,000 dollars a year. The Department of Homeland Security has proposed an increase from $2.50 to $4 in the passenger security fee, which would raise an estimated 600 million dollars a year. The US Travel Association suggested that airlines follow the example of Jet Blue and include one checked bag in the base ticket price. In addition to security fees, airlines also have to worry about fuel prices. Barrels are at a record high of 147 dollars. So whether you’re trying to fly home for a break, or just escape to Forida for some sun, watch out for those upcoming price hikes.