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US Airlines Push Back Against Security Fee Hikes

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.   

 

Source: Reuters

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