Airline industry doesn’t want increase in TSA ticket fees

Airlines for America is not in favor of added airline ticket taxes.

Airlines for America is not in favor of added airline ticket taxes.

Airlines 4 America, the lobbying group representing major airlines, was handing out air sickness bags Monday at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. The reason: The airlines don’t want Congress to add any more taxes to your plane tickets.

According to the group, Congress could increase passenger security fees as part of a new budget deal. That’s a problem, the airline industry says, because it is already considerably taxed. The group’s release says: “ Over the past four decades, the tax burden on a typical $300 round-trip ticket has nearly tripled from $22 to $61.”

Airlines 4 America has created an entire website called Stop Air Tax Now. According to the group:

  • Aviation is subject to 17 different federal taxes and fees, with the industry contributing nearly $19 billion to federal coffers in 2012. 
  • Airlines and passengers paid $2.3 billion in taxes and fees to fund the TSA in 2012, twice as much as the industry paid in 2002.
  • Between 2007 and 2012, the TSA budget rose 19 percent while the number of people screened dropped 11 percent.
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