A4A opposes TSA tax hike, calling it a lose-lose for passengers, airlines and the economy

03/21/2013 | eTurboNews

Airlines for America said lawmakers should not double taxes paid by passengers for the Transportation Security Administration. "Air travel today is already taxed at a federal rate higher than those for alcohol and tobacco, products that are taxed to discourage their use," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas Calio. "It's illogical that the House Republican budget would single out the airline industry for a tax hike that Congress has rejected on five previous occasions -- it's a lose-lose for passengers, airlines and the economy." However, Calio commended Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his colleagues for recognizing that cost-efficiency goals for the TSA can be met while maintaining the highest standards for passenger and baggage screening.

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