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$100 departure tax on every flight?

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$100 departure tax on every flight?

This week, the Air Transport Association (ATA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) came out against new taxes and fees proposed by the Transport Security Administration.

Travel Agent Central reported that ATA opposed “the President’s proposals to impose a new $100 departure tax on every flight and to triple the passenger security tax.”  IATA and WTTC Presidents expressed similar opposition. A quick Google search shows a lot of reporting and opposition to the proposals, especially the $100 departure tax.

The story as reported by Bloomberg is differs in a significant way.

President Barack Obama’s administration proposed a $100 per-flight fee on corporate jets and other turbine-powered planes that use the U.S. air-traffic system.

The fee would raise an estimated $11 billion over 10 years, according to the president’s recommendations to the 12-member congressional committee charged with finding ways to trim the deficit. The fee is aimed at private aircraft, which currently don’t pay their fair share of costs of operating the aviation system, the administration said today.