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If you’ve traveled lately, you know what a nightmare it is.. Overbooked flights (because of the reduced number of flights), constant delays, missed connections, etc.

Because airlines are operating on razor-thin margins these days, they’re gouging the hell out of the consumers.. Charging $20-25 to check a bag, $8 for a meal, $8 to watch a movie, etc.

If the government has their way, passengers can expect even higher fares and more fees! The Obama administration has proposed a $100-per-flight takeoff tax to help reduce the federal deficit. Imposing such a tax would be a “crushing tax burden” for U.S. airlines. Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Continental Holdings, wrote a story for his airline’s in-flight magazine, where he talks quite frankly about the implications of such a bill.

He says that the airline industry already pays 17 taxes, and an increased tax load could lead carriers to raise fares and cut flights to some smaller markets. “Washington is attempting to make U.S. airlines its piggy bank.”

When flying on US Airways last month, there was a similar story written by US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, where he talked about how this new set of taxes would affect jobs:

If you’re looking for a formula to kill jobs, a key ingredient would be a tax increase on commercial aviation. Unfortunately, there are proposals in Washington, D.C., to do just that — taxes that would triple passengers’ security taxes and add a $100 departure tax to each flight. This new set of taxes would strike our economy hard with 181,000 lost jobs in 2012, and 329,000 losses by 2021.

No one wants to see less airline service and another 329,000 Americans moving to the unemployment lines.

So how do we fight this? Visit stopairtaxnow.com today and tell Washington that airline taxes are high enough and do not need to be raised. Tell them you want to preserve air service and jobs.

If we don’t speak up now, the results could be devastating!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Rich Lavene

    November 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I’m not as bothered by the taxes and the small hikes that are upfront. I’m bothered by the extra costs that creep in when you get to the airport. Bag Checking etc. When you can’t budget it up front it gets me bothered!

    • CJ

      November 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Personally, if this tax goes through, it would drastically change the amount of travel I do. They feel like they can get away with this because the vast majority of people flying are doing so for business, and most companies don’t care about an extra $100.

      What they’re not considering is the regular people who are traveling for vacation. If a familiy is faced with an extra $400 for their trip to Disney World, they might just end up going somewhere closer instead. We saw this happen to some degree when gas prices first started going up years ago.

      No good can come of this..

  2. B

    November 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

    It is amaxing what airlines are charges for imagine if for one week everyonr stopped flying and boycutted it they eould be forced to lower prices or probably loose their airline when it comes to it we let it happen and just take it.

  3. Michael

    June 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Taxes are made by PEOPLE just like you and me. The difference is they use the law to enforce taxes. EXCESSIVE taxation should be illegal but it is not. If it gets on the law books it is enforced. The government is made up of people and it is NOT always right. Who is going to enforce YOUR rights if the government becomes your enemy? Will you just roll over and take it or will you say “I’m not going to let ANYONE STEAL FROM ME OR MY FAMILY!. SOMEONE TAKING YOUR MONEY WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT IS THEFT, WHETHER IT IS IN A LAWBOOK OR NOT.

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