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Begich Pushes TSA to Prevent Overcharging Alaskans for Flights

Urges TSA Administrator to Fix Issues with Potentially Charging Incorrect Amounts to Passengers

U.S. Senator Mark Begich on Wednesday wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole, urging a quick solution to the TSA potentially overcharging travelers for security fees on flights to Alaska, Hawaii and foreign destinations.

“I had been very encouraged by progress we had made to correct this unfair fee on Alaska travelers airline tickets, but it turns out there are still serious problems TSA needs to deal with,” said Begich. “With tourist season in high gear, it is imperative that the TSA do all it can to fix any potential errors and prevent Alaskans from being overcharged on their airline tickets. I look forward to hearing from TSA on their plans for fixing this problem and I use my post on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to make sure when Alaskans purchase an airline ticket they receive the correct price.”

The letter was sent in response to a report in USA Today that even after a previous fix to the final rule, which Begich championed earlier this summer, thousands of individuals flying to Alaska could still be hit with an incorrect fee.

Senator Begich sits on the committees of jurisdiction on both the authorizing and appropriations process. Begich is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; as well the Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.

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