ALPA joins Global Business Travel Alliance and A4A in opposing new passenger security fees

This week, ALPA joined the Global Business Travel Alliance and A4A on a letter to Senate leaders opposing an increase in the Airline Passenger Security Fee paid by passengers.  The Administration has proposed increasing the fee to $5.00 per flight segment.  This request is in conjunction with proposals to increase the Passenger Facility Charge limit from $4.50 to $8.00 to fund airport projects and a new $100-per-flight surcharge to fund Federal Aviation Administration programs.  These fee increases burden passengers, artificially inflate travel costs and depress travel demand.  The letter states: 

“Despite our strong support of the DHS and TSA, we strongly oppose an increase in the security fees paid by passengers. Risk-based screening for qualified passengers should permit a better allocation of TSA staffing and equipment, and reduce the burden on TSA resources…TSA budget requests have grown from just under $5 billion in 2004 to nearly $7.4 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The decrease from the fiscal year 2013 request does not negate the nearly 50 percent increase in the past ten years… Although our members understand the need for a secure transportation system and fiscal responsibility, in today’s uncertain financial climate every effort should be made to facilitate business travel and a healthy aviation industry in the United States.”

Read the full letter here

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