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Old 05-07-2002, 04:44 PM   #1
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Lawmakers Seek Higher Security Fee on Air Tickets

Lawmakers Seek Higher Security Fee on Air Tickets

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House appropriators want to double the new security fee levied on airline tickets, charging passengers up to $20 per round trip to help offset the costs of the new federal airport-security system, congressional sources said yesterday.

The fee would jump to $5 per leg of a flight, with a cap of $10 on any one-way tip -- twice the amount set last fall by the law creating the Transportation Security Administration. The move would generate $150 million in revenue over the rest of this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, sources said.
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hey, it's all for "security", right? who could be against that?

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Old 05-07-2002, 11:05 PM   #3
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Plan to Double Airline Security Fee Hits Turbulence

Plan to Double Airline Security Fee Hits Turbulence on Capitol Hill

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A proposal to double the security fee added to the price of airline tickets seemed all but dead on Tuesday as airline lobbyists sprang into action and leading lawmakers expressed opposition to the plan.

In legislation enacted in November, lawmakers imposed a $2.50 fee on tickets for each flight segment to help pay for stepped up federal aviation security. The fee was capped at a maximum of $10 per round-trip, and was projected to raise about $1 billion this year.

The anti-terror bill estimated doubling the fee to $5 would raise an added $150 million in the remaining five months of the federal fiscal year. Withholding some of the airline grants and eliminating the loan program for airlines would save another $643 million this year, the bill projected.
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Old 05-08-2002, 01:11 AM   #4
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This is so ridiculous.

First of all, why is the tax on a pre-segment basis? Passengers and their bags only go through federal "security" checks at their origin points.

Second, there have been no significant increases in security besides the appearance of such. Anyone who travels frequently and has at least a double-digit IQ realizes how this is a huge waste of time.

Third, why should airline passengers pay for this? It's the government's job to secure the nation for everyone equally. Additionally, the vast, vast majority of people that died on 9/11/2001 were working in the US and not airline passengers at all.

I'd be willing to forgive a lot of these issues if we could fire Mineta and start making efforts towards real security and not fake wastes of time.
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Amer Air Opposes Raising Federal Passenger Security Tax

American Air Opposes Raising Federal Passenger Security Tax

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FORT WORTH , Texas -(Dow Jones)- AMR Corp. (NYSE: AMR - news) 's (AMR) American Airlines is opposed to the U.S. House Appropriation's Committee's proposal to increase the security fee paid by airline passengers to $5 from $2.50, for a maximum of $20 per round- trip ticket.

"At a time when the airline industry remains mired in red ink, it is imperative that the federal government not place any additional burdens on the traveling public that will cause them to forgo travel," the airline said in a press release Wednesday.
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Delta Air Lines Opposes Increased Federal Passenger Security

Delta Air Lines Opposes Increased Federal Passenger Security Tax On Airline Tickets; Puts Industry's Future at Risk

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WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL - news) today called upon the House Appropriations Committee to refrain from raising taxes on airline travelers by proposing to double the passenger security tax from $2.50 per segment to $5.00, capped at $20 per round-trip. This tax increase would further erode the financial strength of an industry critical to the national economy and put the industry's future at risk.
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"Doubling the passenger security tax runs counter to those actions," Mullin said. "It adds to the cost of flying for the public and it is very unlikely the industry can recoup the added costs through price increases. "The safety and security of customers and employees must remain the industry's highest priority and great strides have been made in restoring public confidence in air travel. However, aviation security is national security -- and it must be treated and funded as a national security priority. Airline passengers should not be forced to bear the costs of national defense.
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