Why Amtrak passengers are getting stuck at Logan Airport and at the TSA’s airport security checkpoints
In an attempt to cut down on security checkpoints and prevent travelers from boarding airplanes at Logan International Airport and the TSA at its two other airports, Amtrak passengers who arrive from out of state will now have to pay extra for their tickets, the company announced Wednesday.
The new fee is a direct response to a report last month by The New York Times that revealed passengers from out-of-state are spending about twice as much on airfare and baggage fees as those from within the state.
The new fees are set to go into effect in September.
The Times report, which was first published on Friday, said that a small number of travelers, mostly in New York and New Jersey, spend more than twice as many on airfares than they pay for their travel, and that those passengers spend the extra money on airport fees, baggage fees and boarding passes.
The report also noted that some out- of-state travelers were not getting any discounts for airfare and baggage charges, meaning they were paying an additional $1,000 or so per person for the trip.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.