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.