AC comments on US 5.50/passenger fee

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    MONTREAL, Oct. 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today provided the following comments following the U.S. Government's decision to apply an additional $5.50 customs fee on travelers arriving in the United States by air from Canada:

    Air Canada is disappointed to see an additional government fee levied on air travelers. This decision by the U.S. government comes at a time when initiatives should be undertaken to encourage economic growth, not burden consumers with additional costs. Moreover, there is no indication that the monies raised from these additional fees will be used where they are sorely needed - to make the necessary investments in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance resources at Canadian airports in order to better meet demand for U.S.-bound travelers. Air Canada urges the U.S. government to address staffing shortages at these U.S. pre-clearance facilities, consistent with the objective of improving the flow of passengers and goods between Canada and the United States as both governments have committed to do.
     
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    Air Canada is disappointed to see an additional government fee levied on air travelers.

    canucklehead is disappointed too!
     
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    It's always easiest to tax people who can't vote against you. Tax the furriners! The really irksome part of this is that it is nominally funding the measures that we have come to love to hate in the war on tourism.
     
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    So, this had me thinking, WTH is the $6.82 Immigration Fee I had to pay on my last TB trip. Thinking about the logistics of it -- you go through Immigration (also known as CBP), and you pass a CBP official at a podium to hand in your card. You leave the area and go to security. So what is the difference between the $6.82 I already pay and the new $5.50 Customs charge. Argh!!!
     
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    One is gouge ... the other is screw ... ;)
     
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    ... but ... Air Canada wasn't disappointed about the checked bag fee. Or the fuel surcharges on reward flights. Or the Aeroplan changes.

    Don't get me wrong. Not defending the new US fee. Just pointing out the irony. Perhaps if the US had called it an enhancement instead of a new fee AC wouldn't have been disappointed. :cool:

    Hello Pot? Its the kettle calling.
     
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    Unsurprisingly there are some on some IBB's who, like normal, shrugged and said they didn't mind the fee. Now, I'm not saying my disliking it will accomplish a darn thing but I'm going to anyway as I see it as nothing more than a cash grab.
     
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    I agree. And a cash grab that will make only a small drop in the debt bucket.

    [From my milePoint enabled iPhone]
     
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    Reciprocity of taxation.....tit for tat.
     
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    So you are saying ...

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    tax pax flying in from USA
     
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    Another fee to drive travellers across the border to fly out of US airports!
     
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    Please NO!!! This would mean I get penalized both ways when I travel!

    This has more to do with the US needing $$ to pay for the horrible deficit. Personally, I would prefer the tax rate be returned to pre:GWB era and pay my taxes that way than allow taxation without representation. (Well, technically, I am not represented as I cannot vote in the US, but I do chew the ears off of local politicians! :) What can I say, I am political animal! :D)
     
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    A large part of me would favor that but knowing it's the traveler that loses in the end think that is one temptation that this time should be resisted.

    I just wonder where the saturation point will come with these taxes & fees and when the traveling public will have had enough and reduce or otherwise alter their travel plans. It's a ripple effect that hurts far more than simply the aviation industry so the effects are felt in many other sectors and hurts more than just the passengers.
     
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    Skype and GoToMeeting are starting to look real good now.

    Corporate meetings are a waste of time and family gatherings are overrated anyway ;)
     
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    We use Webex constantly as our team is distributed. But for some things, no technology can replace getting the right people together in a single room. (Yes, just got back from NRT having done one of those must-do events. And am heading out to LHR for a conference tomorrow ...)
     
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    Fun times. :)

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    I agree with your comments about certain things need to be face-to-face.
     

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