All good points, but the press and other always distracts us of these issues, when you purchase an airline ticket
, remember what you are paying get imposed to your airline ticket:
(1) There is the Federal Ticket Tax @ 7.5 %. which goes to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF)
(2) Segment Tax - This tax is set at $3.70 and is charged per “flight segment”, meaning one take-off and landing. This money is also channeled to the Airport/Airway Trust Fund.
(3) Passenger Facility Tax (PFC) Another “flight segment” tax and this one varies though it can cost as much as $4.50 per segment, but gets capped out at $18.
(4) Sept 11- Security Fee $2.50 per segment (and it tops out at $10 per flight), and as you might expect, it funds the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)...yup I know I have not much confidence on those TSA agents.
Most administration refuse to tap the AATF because it would disrupt the budget...so when they say they are making cuts...pure bullshit!
Its pure waste of money.