WASHINGTON, July 14, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, today objected to a House plan that calls for diverting funds that airline passengers pay for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) fees to pay for the highway trust fund.
As part of the Offsets in the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, the House plan calls for using portions of revenue assumed to be collected from TSA fees in years 2024 and 2025 to offset government costs for a highway fix this year.
“It is disingenuous at best to take funds that airline passengers are paying, presumably for their safety and security, and use them to pay for highways,” said Nicholas E. Calio, A4A president and CEO. “This plan proposes to use tomorrow’s dollars to pay for today’s problem and do so on the backs of airline passengers who are being asked to fund everything from the national debt to the highways. This plan is a road to nowhere for passengers and eventually will lead to fee increases if the fees airlines and their customers already are paying today are diverted to other uses.”
Calio noted that airline customers are already paying more than their fair share in taxes, as a $300 domestic one-stop roundtrip ticket can include more than $61 in taxes.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.3 million passengers and more than 55,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.