Government Security Fee

Government Imposed Charges

Government-Imposed September 11th Security Fee

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a division of the Department of Transportation, has mandated that all U.S. airlines add a security fee to all tickets sold on or after October 1, 2003. This government-imposed fee, called the "September 11th Security Fee," will be used to pay the government's cost for providing Federal civil aviation security services. This includes training, salaries, and benefits for the Federal security screeners and law enforcement personnel, as well as the Federal Air Marshal program.

The government-imposed September 11th Security Fee will apply to all airline tickets, including frequent flyer award travel, and will be calculated at $5.60 per one-way trip.

Attention all Rapid Rewards Members: Government-Imposed September 11th Security Fee Applies to Rapid Rewards Awards and Companion Passes.

The government-imposed September 11th Security Fee will apply to all airline tickets, including Rapid Rewards Awards and Companion Passes, and will be calculated at $5.60 per one-way trip.

  • To help expedite your checkin, please visit southwest.com or call Reservations at 1-800-248-4377 to make your Award or Companion Pass travel plans and to pay the government-imposed September 11th Security Fee by credit card. Once you complete your reservation, you can elect to receive a receipt, via mail, e-mail or fax, with your confirmed flight information. Customers who have made a reservation and have not paid the security fee will need to go to the ticket counter to pay before entering the secured gate area.
  • If you are traveling on a Rapid Rewards Award and not checking luggage, before you go to the airport, you will need to print out a security document from the Travel Center at southwest.com in order to proceed through security. You also have the option of obtaining a boarding pass the self-service kiosk in order to proceed through security.
  • Companions traveling with Companion Pass Members and not checking luggage will need to print out a security document from southwest.com in order to proceed through security. However, Companions and Companion Pass Members will still need to checkin together at the Skycap Podium, Ticket Counter, or at the gate. As always, when checking in, a government-issued photo identification is required along with the Companion Pass card and Rapid Rewards membership card for Companion travelers.
  • Changes or cancellations for any Award or Companion Pass travel should be made by calling Reservations before you travel. This will assist in smoothly refunding unused September 11th Security Fee funds or applying them toward other travel plans. If you give your Awards to friends or family members, please make sure they are aware of this fee and process.

Please call (800) 248-4377 with any questions. We appreciate your continued support and understanding.

Passenger Facility Charge (PFC)

Airport / PFC

Akron/Canton (CAK) / $4.50

Albany (ALB) / $4.50

Albuquerque (ABQ) / $4.50

Amarillo (AMA) / $4.50

Atlanta (ATL) / $4.50

Austin (AUS) / $4.50

Baltimore/Washington (BWI) / $4.50

Birmingham (BHM) / $4.50

Boise (BOI) / $4.50

Boston Logan (BOS) / $4.50

Branson (BKG) / n/a

Buffalo (BUF) / $4.50

Burbank (BUR) / $4.50

Charleston (CHS) / $4.50

Charlotte (CLT) / $3.00

Chicago Midway (MDW) / $4.50

Cleveland (CLE) / $4.50

Columbus (CMH) / $4.50

Corpus Christi (CRP) / $4.50

Dallas (DAL) / $4.50

Dayton (DAY) / $4.50

Denver (DEN) / $4.50

Des Moines (DSM) / $4.50

Detroit (DTW) / $4.50

El Paso (ELP) / $4.50

Flint (FNT) / $4.50

Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) / $4.50

Ft. Myers/Naples (RSW) / $4.50

Grand Rapids (GRR) / $4.50

Hartford/Springfield (BDL) / $4.50

Harlingen (HRL) / $4.50

Houston Hobby (HOU) / $3.00

Indianapolis (IND) / $4.50

Jackson (JAN) / $4.50

Jacksonville (JAX) / $4.50

Kansas City (MCI) / $4.50

Key West (EYW) / $4.50

Las Vegas (LAS) / $4.50

Little Rock (LIT) / $4.50

Long Island (ISP) / $4.50

Louisville (SDF) / $4.50

Los Angeles (LAX) / $4.50

Lubbock (LBB) / $4.50

Manchester (MHT) / $4.50

Midland/Odessa (MAF) / $4.50

Milwaukee (MKE) / $4.50

Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) / $4.50

Nashville (BNA) / $3.00

Newark (EWR) / $4.50

New Orleans (MSY) / $4.50

New York (LaGuardia) (LGA) / $4.50

Norfolk (ORF) / $4.50

Oakland (OAK) / $4.50

Oklahoma City (OKC) / $4.50

Ontario (ONT) / $2.00

Orange County, CA (SNA) / $4.50

Orlando (MCO) / $4.50

Panama City Beach (ECP) / $4.50

Pensacola (PNS) / $4.50

Philadelphia (PHL) / $4.50

Phoenix (PHX) / $4.50

Pittsburgh (PIT) / $4.50

Portland (PWM) / $4.50

Portland (PDX) / $4.50

Providence (PVD) / $4.50

Raleigh/Durham (RDU) / $4.50

Reno/Tahoe (RNO) / $4.50

Richmond (VA) / $4.50

Rochester (ROC) / $4.50

Sacramento (SMF) / $4.50

St. Louis (STL) / $4.50

Salt Lake City (SLC) / $4.50

San Antonio (SAT) / $4.50

San Diego (SAN) / $4.50

San Francisco (SFO) / $4.50

San Jose (SJC) / $4.50

San Juan (SJU) / $4.50

Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) / $4.50

Spokane (GEG) / $4.50

Tampa Bay (TPA) / $4.50

Tucson (TUS) / $4.50

Tulsa (TUL) / $4.50

Washington (Dulles), D.C. (IAD) / $4.50

Washington (Reagan National), D.C. (DCA) / $4.50

West Palm Beach (PBI) / $4.50

Wichita (ICT) / $4.50

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