The airline industry said President Barack Obama's budget would triple passenger security taxes and add other fees, forcing passengers to pay more taxes on flights. "The president's budget represents an unprecedented tax grab on the backs of airlines and their customers, who already pay more than their fair share of taxes," said Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, in a statement. He added: "Our fragile economy and the millions of middle class Americans who rely on air travel and shipping every day simply cannot afford tax increases that will drive up the cost of flying or limit service options to small communities."

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