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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by uggboy, Oct 19, 2012.
|| As airlines raise fees instead of fares, taxpayers pick up the tab ||
Food for thoughts!
Of course, the tax would have been paid by the flying public, so it didn't "save" the airlines $964 million. It just shorted that amount to the government. If nothing else, it "saved" the passenger from paying it and spread that financial burden to every taxpayer in the country, rather than having the person who used the service pay for it.
I pay a transportation tax, a segment tax, a facility fee and a September 11 security fee on domestic flights. Obviously I am getting away with some heinous crime by not paying even more. The airlines pay taxes on, among other things, profits, wages and fuel. I have no doubt that if you sum it all up, airlines contribute more to the Federal Government than they cost. Splitting it up the way the Post does just makes it seem like they are not paying their fair share.