Airlines: don't use TSA fees to pay for infrastructure

Published: July 16, 2015

The U.S. Travel Association is criticizing House Republicans for planning to use fees that are paid by airline passengers for the Transportation Security Administration to pay for an extension of federal highway spending that is set to expire at the end of the month. 

House Republicans unveiled an approximately $8 billion highway patch Monday evening that includes about $3 billion in “savings” from redirecting the TSA fees to the nation’s beleaguered Highway Trust Fund, which is currently set to dip below critical levels July 31. 

U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow said Tuesday that the travel industry is opposed to the idea of using airport security fees to pay for roads, although it supports the broader goal of extending the federal government’s infrastructure spending. 

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