Members of Congress are now speaking out against airlines for raising fares instead of passing the savings from recently expired fees back to consumers. Two memebers, John D. Rockefeller IV, D-West Virginia; and Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, said:
Airlines should “put all of the profits that they are making” from the tax lapse into an escrow account so they can transfer it to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) when Congress reinstates the taxes. “If the industry is unwilling to protect the integrity of the AATF, at a minimum, it should pass the savings onto the consumers…”
Airlines are unwilling to protect the integrity of the AATF? Didn’t Congress let the fees (that benefited the AATF) expire? Why should the airlines pass savings on to consumers? Why is Congress telling the airlines how to run their business?
It’s not just Democrats. Rep. John Mica, R-Florida said airlines should “either [hold] the money for the trust fund or not [rip] off the consumer.”
Rip off the consumer? The consumer is charged the exact same amount. And what is ripping them off? And even if they did raise fares, how is that ripping off consumers? How pathetic is it that members of Congress can’t make any tough decision around the debt ceiling (or the FAA, for that matter), so they’re bashing airlines like some hack comedian. Please.