Says bill diverts $9.2 billion collected for aviation security to pay for highways, transit and bike paths
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today denounced a provision in the Congress-approved highway bill diverting funds that airline passengers pay the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for security in order to replenish the highway trust fund.
“Taking money that airline customers and others pay for customs and security and diverting it to pay for roads is highly inappropriate and a bait and switch on the already overtaxed traveling public,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “We applaud Congressional leaders for passing a much needed long-term highway reauthorization bill, however asking airline customers to foot the bill for highways, bike paths or anything else unrelated to air travel is a bad idea that will make flying more expensive for the 2 million customers who travel on U.S. airlines every day.”
Airlines for America (A4A) members are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.
A4A advocates on behalf of the leading U.S. airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers. A4A works collaboratively with industry stakeholders, federal agencies, the Administration, Congress, labor and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.