Average domestic airfares in the U.S. dropped by 0.2% to $374 in the fourth quarter, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. When adjusted for inflation, airfares have dropped 13.1% since 1995.
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued data on the average price of airfare for the first quarter of 2014. When adjusted for inflation, the price of an airline ticket has dropped 17.8% since 1995.
Domestic airfares fell by 3.6% in the second quarter when adjusted for inflation, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The average airfare for the quarter was $378, compared to $385, or $392 when including inflation, for the same quarter of last year.
Travelers in the U.S. paid an average airfare of $379 for the first quarter, a mere $1 more than the same quarter last year. When adjusted for inflation, the average airfare has dropped by 19.1% since 1999.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is pushing for an amendment that would require Homeland Security to collect biometric data from departing foreigners -- something the agency was supposed to do but never got to after the Sept. 11 attacks. The plan would have the agency gather biometric data from travelers at America's 10 busiest international airports within two years, and expand to 30 airports within six years. Democrats disagree, saying that the agency is having better luck using foreigners' biographic data. The dispute could get in the way of passing immigration reform.
The Transportation Security Administration issued a request for proposals on boarding pass scanners. "The BPS units with modified firmware can be used as a prescreening device, informing the passengers if they are in the PreCheck lane or standard lane, in addition to other functionalities," the TSA said.