jhooper
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9/11 Security Fee

Wed Jun 25, 2003 3:02 pm

Are U.S. airlines still collecting the 9/11 security fee?
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jwenting
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Wed Jun 25, 2003 5:01 pm

Not just US airlines. Many airlines have adopted another "security surcharge" to increase their ticketprices without increasing the listprice.

On a typical inter-European route you now pay €40+ on surcharges on a ticket costing about the same...
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jhooper
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Fri Jun 27, 2003 1:54 pm

Ok; I just answered my own question today after I bought a ticket. The U.S. airlines are no longer collecting the 9/11 security fee.
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tpk
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Fri Jun 27, 2003 1:58 pm

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.
 
jhooper
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sat Jun 28, 2003 4:42 am

I think that if they just got rid of all the surcharges, it would be awesome! I hate that stupid fuel tax!
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boyshane
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sat Jun 28, 2003 11:42 am

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.

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jhooper
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sat Jun 28, 2003 3:11 pm

they should drop it altogether. we dont need it!
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tekelberry
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sat Jun 28, 2003 3:52 pm

The airlines are still charging you the extra $5 because no one will notice who's getting the $5 if the fares don't drop.
 
jhooper
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sun Jun 29, 2003 12:56 am

rather the airlines collect than the government, imo.
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elwood64151
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sun Jun 29, 2003 9:18 am

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.

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luv2fly
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sun Jun 29, 2003 9:28 am

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!
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artsyman
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sun Jun 29, 2003 10:54 am

Also if after the first year there is money left over then they should adjust the fees for the next year.
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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.

 
jhooper
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RE: 9/11 Security Fee

Sun Jun 29, 2003 1:27 pm

I vote for "C"! GW Bush is lowering our taxes no matter what, so we can just dig ourselves deeper into debt!!!!
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