IATA Opposes Security Tax Hike

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed its opposition to a proposal to double the US’s 9/11 passenger security fee and then to raise it in successive years up to 2017.
The proposal was made by the Administration of US President Barack Obama as part of its deficit reduction plan.
IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said:  “Airlines and their passengers are being asked to pay for national security, although it clearly is a responsibility of government.
To add insult to injury,” he said, “more than half of the increased revenue from the higher fee will be diverted into the general fund and will not be used to make air travel more secure.”
Passengers departing from US airports currently pay a security fee of $2.50 per flight segment with a cap of $5 one-way and $10 per round trip.  The proposal would raise this fee to $5 one-way and $10 per round trip, with a $1 increase per year between 2013 and 2017 for a round trip.
Mr Tyler is firmly against the proposal:  “Making air travel progressively more expensive is not a sound economic strategy.  A similar per-passenger tax in the Netherlands cost the economy more than it collected in revenues,” he stated, adding that:  “globally, aviation supports $3.5 trillion in economic activity and 33 million jobs.”