Thu, Feb 10, 2005
Airlines, Passengers Fuming
If President Bush's budget passes
muster on Capitol Hill, it's going to cost more to fly commercial.
That grumbling you hear is coming from both the front and rear of
The president's new budget calls for an increase of $3.00 to the
airport security tax for both one-way and multi-leg trips. The
idea: boost revenues from the tax by $1.5 billion a year. The money
would go to the TSA.
Already, airlines and their passengers pay sizeable taxes and
government fees. That money funds the FAA and the TSA, among other
"It's easy once these taxes are on the books to increase them.
It's easier to raise them than it is to engage in fiscal
self-discipline," said John Heimlich at the ATA. He was quoted by
the Washington Times.
Of course, there are other tariffs charged to air transport
operators. There's a fuel tax, a cargo tax, an agriculture
Pretty soon, said Mike Miller, an aviation consultant at the
Velocity Group, airlines, cargo companies and other aircraft
operators will be taxed right out of business.
"The issue isn't the security tax. The issue is the cumulative
effect of all the taxes," Miller told the Post. "The taxes were
added over many years as Congress and administrations have looked
at aviation as a cash cow."
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