January 31, 2005

SOAR HIGHER:

AIRLINE-SECURITY FEE SET TO SOAR (NY Post, January 28, 2005)

A fee charged to airline travelers to help pay for airport security would more than double under President Bush's proposed spending plan for the Department of Homeland Security.

Bush's plan calls for raising the security fee from $2.50 to $5.50 for a one-way ticket and from $5 to $8 for a round trip.

Bush's plan, due to be released Feb. 7, would add $48 million to Homeland Security's overall $41 billion budget, according to a copy of the proposal.


The user fee should be high enough to pay for all the security services flight requires and for the air traffic control system, at a minimum.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2005 3:57 PM
Comments

If there's a security breach, then do the passengers get their money back?

Of course, if the fees included flights without whining children on them, or required children to be put into kennel carriers as ride as baggage, it might be worth it.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 31, 2005 4:29 PM

5 to 8 is doubling????

New math or new-new-math?

Posted by: Sandy P at January 31, 2005 5:03 PM

So why is it that when terrorists attack the United States, airlines end up footing the bill to defend the United States?

Besides that, taxes and fees already more than cover the other costs.

Ever hear of the Aviation Trust Fund?

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at January 31, 2005 8:42 PM

Because their security sucked? The trust doesn't pay for security now, does it?

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2005 8:51 PM

The easiest way to do it would be an oil import fee from Muslim OPEC-member nations. After all, they are the reason for the heightened security in the first place.

Posted by: Bart at February 1, 2005 9:30 AM

That is the FAA mandated security you are talking about.

Which, BTW, was perfectly OK with boxcutters.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at February 1, 2005 9:42 PM

Jeff:

Yes, corporations are still responsible for their own inadequacies even after the government has set minimal standards for them. Drug companies don't get a pass just because the FDA approved their products.

Posted by: oj at February 1, 2005 11:38 PM
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