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Airlines Shouldn’t Gain on Ticket-Tax Lapse, LaHood Says

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said airlines shouldn’t have raised fares by the amount of excise taxes they stopped collecting July 23, when the Federal Aviation Administration’s revenue-raising authority expired.

“They’re collecting this money and it’s going to their bottom line and I think that is not right,” LaHood said at a White House press briefing in Washington today. “It’s not fair for them to do that, and I made that known to them.”