SECURITY FEES HEADING UP
Get ready to pay more when you fly.
The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase. The TSA, however, says it won’t necessarily benefit from the extra revenue.
The fee hike could increase the cost of air travel by as little as 60 cents or as much as $22.40 or more, depending on the number of layovers and length of the stops.
The increase, starting Monday, raises the security fee from $2.50 per leg with a $5 cap, to a flat fee of $5.60 per one-way trip with no cap. The cost of a round trip from Los Angeles to Orlando, with no layovers would increase from $5 in TSA fees to $11.20.
If the flight has long layovers, travelers will pay more.
Passengers will be charged a $5.60 fee for each leg of a trip if there is a layover longer than four hours, based on changes adopted by the TSA. In other words, a round trip from Los Angeles to Orlando, with stops of four hours or more in each direction, would incur fees of $5.60 for each leg, for a total of $22.40.
TSA officials say the agency is not getting a hike in revenue because Congress has directed the new fees to go to the U.S. Treasury to help reduce the government deficit.
NORWEGIAN ORDERS TWO MORE SHIPS
Norwegian Cruise Line has ordered another pair of 4,200-passenger ships.
The Miami-based cruise company announced the agreement with Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard, which had been rumored for weeks, on Monday. The “Breakaway Plus” ships will cost a total of about $2.18 billion.
The ships are scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2018 and fourth quarter of 2019.
NYC MUSEUM PLANS ADULT SLEEPOVER
If you’re not afraid of things that go bump in the night, an adults-only sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History may be for you. The New York City museum will have its first-ever sleepover adventure for adults 21 years old and up on Aug. 1.
It’s a far cry from the kiddie version. For one thing, the charge is $325 for museum members and $375 for non-members. A
Champagne reception, music and a three-course dinner are on tap.
Then it’s off to explore the museum’s enormous dinosaur skeletons and African mammals.
Participants will unroll their sleeping bags under the popular 94-foot-long blue whale.
The nocturnal adventure will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.
How far will the airline industry go to squeeze in more passengers per plane?
The question arises after France-based Airbus Operations submitted a patent in Europe for a new passenger seat that resembles a bicycle seat with a small backrest. It has no tray table, no headrest and very little legroom.
As explained in the patent application, the invention is meant to reduce the bulk of a typical airline seat, thus allowing an airline to pack more passengers onto a plane and, presumably, increase profits.