Several US airlines are fighting back against proposed increases in security fees currently being debated in Washington.
According to sources close to the debt ceiling talks, security fees have become a hot button issue in the Congressional debate over debt reduction.
Currently flyers traveling through the United States pay a September 11 security fee amounting up to $10 per ticket.
This fee goes toward the cost of government-run airport security programs put in place shortly after the September 11 terror attacks. However, a proposed plan in Washington could double the fees paid by Americans, a move that airlines say could cripple an already fragile industry recovery.
If approved, the plan could save the federal government up to $15 billion over the next 10 years.