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Old Jan 28, 05, 4:54 pm
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Originally Posted by marcelin
User-pay. Imagine that!

I would be glad to see air travelers cover a larger share of the costs we create.

Today, user fees fall far short of covering operating and capital costs for the TSA's passenger screening service.
My fellow passengers and I created the need for the TSA? Please explain that one.

Having a separately-stated fee or tax that covered the full cost of each service would actually help keep costs down. This is because the costs would be completely visible to the consumer -- who could then take action.

Canada's air traffic control system is a good example. This arm's-length operation is supported entirely by user fees. Most Canadian airlines pass the fees on to consumers, in the form of an explicit surcharge. There is strong pressure to keep costs down, and indeed, NavCan is less expensive than the prior arrangement.

It's funny to see so much whining about a $3 TSA fee increase.
You make it sound like we have any kind of choice in the matter. Forcing the TSA to be more efficient is like forcing a screaming three year old to recite the alphabet. You are wasting your time. Even Congress has a difficult time controlling this out-of-control agency.

1. Do travelers want to go back to the old system, where airlines awarded screening contracts to the lowest bidder, which in turn hired screeners at minimum wage?

2. Do taxpayers realize how much -- and in how many different ways -- they're paying for commercial aviation, even if they don't fly much?
Who cares? Airlines have lobbyists whose job it is to see to it that the aviation tax dollars are put to good use.

3. Do travelers realize how much they're paying toward bloated airport operating budgets? The Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) is just for capital. At one major US airport, I found that landing fees, rent, concessions and other related operating revenues amounted to $33 per passenger!

When costs are hidden, you can't make choices.

Paul Marcelin-Sampson
Santa Cruz, California
Well, at least airports that have made improvements that actually serve the customers -- airlines and their passengers. Jacking up the security fee doesn't make me feel any better that I'm paying more money for the same kind of junk science in the TSA's SOP.
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