Joint consumer and airline industry efforts mean $60 million in tax savings for consumers.
Travelers United, the leading consumer advocacy group for travelers, applauds the Senate passage of legislation to protect consumers from the continuing increases of government taxes and fees — in this case rolling back a portion of the 9/11 Security Tax imposed to fund the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Charlie Leocha, Chairman and co-founder of Travelers United (formerly Consumer Travel Alliance) stated, “This Senate vote, together with the unanimous House vote, will save travelers an estimated $60 million in new taxes on airline travel.”
“More importantly,” he noted, “this effort is an example of how committed and disciplined consumer groups can work together with the airline association to foster win-win solutions to ever-increasing taxes and fees on travel.”
Travelers United and Airlines for America have worked steadfastly together through this entire legislative and regulatory process communicating with Senate and House budget negotiators, corresponding with the TSA Administrator and working with committee staff in Congress.
The 9/11 Security Tax was simplified as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 2013. A flat $5.60 fee per one-way trip was implemented, rather than the segment-based process that had been in effect prior