Air Traffic Control and You: Paying a Fair Share
No question, the air traffic control system is outdated and needs a major overhaul. But who's going to pay for it? The battle is on, with airlines pushing Congress to have the owners of private and corporate jets pony up a bigger share.
Passengers of commercial airlines are responsible for the lion's share of air traffic control costs, by paying a 7.5 percent tax plus a $3.50 fee. Meanwhile, the airlines complain that wealthy people in private jets are responsible for 17 percent of the costs of operating air traffic control systems but pay only 8 percent.
One bill that just made it out of the Senate Commerce Committee -- but still has a long way to go -- would charge $25 for every plane that takes off and uses the air traffic control system. (This fee would not apply to the recreational fliers in little prop planes that navigate by rivers and other landmarks.)
Delta and United have been sending emails to their customers urging them to contact members of Congress to support higher fees on private and corporate jets. Some air traffic controllers, meanwhile, argue that the FAA has enough money already, but just doesn't spend it wisely.
Anyone who flies Delta beginning Sept. 1 will learn more about it, at least from the airline's perspective, during a short video.
The battle raises a couple of questions, including: Should passengers on private jets be paying at least the same amount as a passenger on a commercial airline, or should they pay even more? Should airlines be using their email list to engage passengers? Is a video to captive passengers a good way to get out a message?
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