WHILE many are unaware, airline passengers face an extra cost on their flights due to the September 11 attacks.

American Airlines charges a September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per trip per passenger on both domestic and international flights.

American Airlines adds on a TSA related fee


American Airlines adds on a TSA related feeCredit: Getty

While the other costs of your travel include standard base fare and carrier imposed fees along with a 7.5 percent U.S. government excise tax, customers may be surprised to know their ticket price is affected by the 9/11 fee.

However, American Airlines isn’t the only one – all airlines add on the fee to fare prices to pay for the TSA.

Before the September 11 terror attacks, security screening in airports was light.

However, in the aftermath of the tragedy, airports toughened up on security, and America worked to protect airways federally.

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The current fee includes support for the training, salaries and benefits of all Federal security screeners and law enforcement, as well as the Federal Air Marshal program.


Around 3,000 people were killed in the September 11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Shortly after the events, the United States created the Transportation Security Administration, which was designed to prevent any future attacks.

The Aviation and Transportation Security Act was officially signed on November 19, 2001, establishing the TSA just two months after the terrorist attacks unfolded.

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Passengers cannot bring any stick or club type sporting goods or firearms and ammunition on their flights due to the TSA’s rules.

You also are unable to bring liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 ounces in carry-on bags.


There are plenty of other surcharges you should be aware of the next time you book a flight.

For instance, Southwest offers EarlyBird Check-in, but you’ll pay an extra fee for it.

If you pay between $15 and $25, you’ll be able to get an earlier boarding position and a better chance to select the seat you want.

You will also gain earlier access to overhead storage for carry-on luggage.

Surcharges exist outside of the airline industry, however.

For instance, Five Below charges an extra $7.95 on all online orders for home delivery.

The only way to avoid this is by shopping in stores or placing your order for pickup.

And Verizon requires customers to pay a bit extra on their first bill based on what the company calls an ‘activation fee.’

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AT&T also charges anywhere between $58 to $325 extra if you terminate your account early.

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