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Budget Deal Raises Travel Security Tax on Airline Tickets

Budget Deal Raises Travel Security Tax on Airline Tickets

As if the airlines aren't nickel-and-diming us already, the latest budget compromise in Washington only adds insult to injury.

Airline passengers already pay a $5 travel security tax on each one-way ticket.  The Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal would raise that to $5.60.

“Its very hard to go in and say we don't need that, because its flight safety, and you can't really argue about it,” says airline industry expert Bob Harrell.

“The trad association has been lobbying to fight this proposed increase, however, anything that Washington can do that doesn't look like an actual tax they're going to do,” he tells KTRH News.

There are reports however, that extra money won't go to the Transportation Security Administration's ballooning budget, but into the government's general fund to rollback the sequester and offset pending budget cuts.

“If they need money, they're going to get it, and they're going to get it at the weakest link,” says Harrell.  “If they've just decided its not going to go toward airport security, that's what they're going to say.”

KTRH News reached out to Congressman Michael McCaul who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, but a spokesman said he was still reviewing the bill.

 

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