Tpk From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 188 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3235 times:
Officially, it's been suspended for tickets purchased until the end of September. I believe the gov't will then reassess the situation and decide whether to permanently remove the surcharge or reinstate it.
Boyshane From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 128 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3192 times:
The security fee has only been suspended for the summer and will begin charging it again on September 30th. No official word if the goverenment is competely getting rid of it but as of now, the are not chargine it.
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3112 times:
Well, here's the rub:
If the airlines pay for security (as they did pre-9/11), then they are going to charge more money for their tickets in order to pay for it.
If the Fed pays for security, they are going to have a surcharge.
If there is no surcharge, they're going to raise taxes.
So here's the question: Do you want a) higher airfares, b) more surcharges, or c) higher taxes? I personally vote for b, simply because I know where the money is going and I know that there's enough for the security services.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12017 posts, RR: 50 Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3104 times:
I think if there is a security surcharge it should go to pay for the security of the airports. Also if after the first year there is money left over then they should adjust the fees for the next year. The money also should always go towards security and NOTHING else!
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 36 Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3093 times:
Also if after the first year there is money left over then they should adjust the fees for the next year.
Well let's just talk IAH for the same of the discussion. Monthly passenger numbers for Houston are approx 3,210,351 per month. So assuming that each passenger only flew a standard non stop return flight, that would mean that each of those passengers paid a minimum of $5 each. That means that the security tax collected at IAH for the month are:
3,210,351 x $5 = $16,051,755
This is implying that the security charges for IAH related flights is costing over half a million dollars per day which I struggle to accept.