Amendment Strikes Passenger Facility Charge Tax Increase

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces that he will join Congressman Nick Lampson (TX-22) in cosponsoring an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2007 that will strike a proposed increase to the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC), a fee tacked on to airline tickets by airports to pay for capital improvements.

"Airports get $13 billion a year from bonds, FAA grants, and state and local aid," said Congressman Ted Poe. "Passengers do not need to give any more money in taxes to airports in order to fly."

As the bill stands now, the maximum Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) would be increased by 55.6% - from $4.50 to $7.00 per passenger. The Lampson-Poe amendment will hold the current tax rate to $4.50 per passenger.

Congressman Poe also filed an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 to extend drug and alcohol testing to maintenance workers performing repairs on U.S. air carriers at foreign aircraft repair stations.

Under current rules, individual mechanics at domestic repair stations are subject to drug and alcohol testing as a condition of working on U.S. aircraft, but the FAA has refused to extend this most basic requirement to work done by mechanics at foreign stations working on U.S. aircraft. The Poe Amendment would reverse this double-standard and bring one level of safety to aircraft repair stations servicing U.S. aircraft.

It makes no sense to require U.S. mechanics, as safety-sensitive employees, to undergo various levels of drug and alcohol testing, if workers doing the exact same work on the exact same aircraft are exempt from this requirement simply because the station is located in another country, said Poe.

Congressman Poe serves on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Aviation.