IATA and US trade body Airlines for America (A4A) have filed a lawsuit against the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) arguing that it is unlawfully collecting taxes from passengers.
The TSA collects a security fee from passengers travelling by air in the US. In 2013, US congress simplified the fee structure imposing a $5.60 fee per one-way trip regardless of the number of connections.
IATA and A4A argue that the decision implied that the previous cap on fees for round trips (which stood at twice the one-way fee) was to continue.
However, TSA is exceeding this cap and charging passengers more for multi-stop itineraries, as well as collecting taxes for trips that originate overseas, allege the airline bodies.
“TSA is overstepping its bounds,” said A4A CEO Nicholas Calio. “Ignoring the per-passenger cap and increasing taxes by as much as 236 per cent is an affront to the flying public and ignores Congressional intent.”