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Monday, July 25, 2011

Airline Fee Hike Discussed as Part of Debt Ceiling Talks, Industry Warns

The traveling public could unwittingly play a role in closing the budget deficit, as lawmakers weigh whether to hike airline fees as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

The airline industry's Air Transport Association is raising alarm about what they claim is a proposal to double the $2.50-per-flight passenger security fee as well as impose a new departure fee on airlines.

There have been a host of possible plans floated on Capitol Hill in recent weeks. Lawmakers hit the reset button once again Friday evening as House Speaker John Boehner walked away from talks with the White House, and it's unclear how seriously an airline fee hike is still being considered.

But ATA spokesman Steve Lott said it was still being discussed over the weekend.

The group is working "vigorously" to try and stop it, he said. (more)