Airline industry hands out barf bags to oppose higher taxes
Airlines have begun handing out air sickness bags to illustrate their opposition to higher taxes.
Ni nike air max ck Calio, president of the Air Transport Association, held a bag aloft earlier this week during a Washington Aero Club luncheon speech. He used his Tuesday appearance to speak out against President Obama’s proposed departure tax and increase on security taxes.
Obama has proposed boosting the security tax from $2.50 per leg of a domestic flight to $5 for each one way trip, with further 50 cent a year increases over the next five years. He also wants to create a $100 departure tax for each flight, which wouldn’t apply to the military, emergency medical flights or planes with pis nike air max ton engines.
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If Congress agrees, the taxes would raise an estimated $36 billion over 10 years, with $15 billion slated for deficit reduction. Obama argued in unveiling the taxes that everyone should pay a fair share and get a fair shake.
The air sickness bags, which made their debut at the lunch, are part of an advertising campaign against the taxes primarily aimed at the congressional “super committee” that is looking for $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by Thanksgiving.
The bags ask: “Sick of taxes?” with an nike air max arrow pointed to the top. “Stop new airline taxes from driving up nike air max costs and reducing service.”
The newly debuted air sickness bags are part of a major advertising campaign that features full page ads from ATA in Capitol Hill publications lobbying against higher taxes during super committee deliberations. Jean Medina, a spokeswoman for the group, said they will be handing out the bags to lawmakers and airline passengers.
Calio acknowledged that even some Republicans consider airline taxes “low hanging fruit” to pick because they would be considered user fees passed along to passengers through ticket prices. But he said raising prices would reduce the number of tickets sold, which would hurt staffing and ultimately the economy.