Airlines to Congress: ‘Stop looking at us as a cash cow’

From USA today…

The airline industry warned Congress on Thursday against heaping new taxes on them, saying transport and tourism are too important to the U.S. economy to be hamstrung with higher taxes or more regulation.

“We need government to stop looking at us as a cash cow and look at us as an economic engine,” says Douglas Lavin, the International Air Transport Association’s vice president for North America.

The warning, which he said had been successful in the Netherlands and Ireland, came after a Senate Appropriations subcommittee voted May 22 to double the security fee on plane tickets to $5. The higher fee is strongly opposed in the House.

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