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This time it’s not due to the airlines but instead due to the Senate and finding ways to close the U.S. budget deficit. According to an article in the Travel Pulse’s Travel News online magazine:
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade group for U.S. airlines, on March 22 expressed strong opposition to a provision within the Senate-passed budget resolution that immediately doubles and eventually triples the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger security tax. A4A noted that airlines, passengers and shippers collectively paid a record $2.3 billion in TSA taxes and fees last year and already pay more than their fair share of federal aviation taxes.
The budget resolution passed by the Senate would double the TSA passenger security tax to $5 per one-way trip and would trip the tax to $7.50 per one-way trip by 2017. A4A said that would cost airlines and their customers $2.5 billion annually over the next 10 years. A4A also said it believes full implementation of programs that take a risk-based approach to security, such as TSA PreCheck for passengers and Known Crewmember for pilots and flight attendants, will enhance security and screening efficiency and are a more appropriate way to help drive down TSA operating costs.
“Airlines and their passengers paid nearly $19 billion in federal taxes last year alone, and today roughly $61 of a typical $300 round-trip ticket goes straight to Washington in federal taxes,” said Nicholas Calio, A4A’s president and CEO. “TSA’s budget has increased 18 percent since 2007 while the number of passengers carried by U.S. airlines fell 4 percent. We believe there is opportunity to achieve greater efficiencies — without greater taxes — and we look to further partner with TSA and the Administration on expanding risk-based security options that improve safety, security and efficiency.”
While no one likes tax increases, this one might be minor compared to the increasing fees charged by the airline.