Airlines for America Says Senate-Passed Budget Hikes TSA Passenger Tax, Adds Insult to Injury for Airlines and Customers

Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:58am EDT

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WASHINGTON,  March 23, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Airlines for America
(A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today
expressed strong opposition to a provision within the Senate-passed budget
resolution, which immediately doubles, and eventually triples the  TSA passenger
security tax  on the backs of the airlines, passengers and shippers, who
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.

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"Airlines and their passengers paid nearly  $19 billion  in federal taxes last
year alone, and today roughly  $61  of a typical  $300  roundtrip ticket goes
straight to  Washington  in federal taxes," said  A4A President and CEO Nicholas
E. Calio. "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."

The budget resolution passed by the Senate doubles the TSA passenger security
tax to  $5  per one-way trip, and triples the tax to  $7.50  per one-way trip by
2017, costing airlines and their customers  $2.5 billion  annually over the next
ten years. A4A 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.


Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than  $1 trillion  in U.S.
economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. A4A airline  members  and
their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger
and cargo traffic. America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will
support the integral role the nation's airlines play in connecting people and
goods globally, spur the nation's economic growth and create more high-paying

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