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Congress Unveils $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill with No Increase in Airport Tax

Congress Unveils $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill with No Increase in Airport Tax

Congress introduced a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending package late Wednesday ahead of a midnight Friday deadline.
The final $1.3 trillion bill is notable for what it does not include, namely an increase in the Passenger Facility Charge, commonly referred to as the airport tax, which the airline industry was against.
The airline industry, as a result, praised the agreement.
House and Senate leadership took a stand “to put passengers first by rejecting repeated …

Storm Strands Thousands of Travelers, Heaviest Snowfall Yet to Come

Storm Strands Thousands of Travelers, Heaviest Snowfall Yet to Come

The East Coast continues to be hammered by a powerful winter storm bringing 15” (38 centimeters) of snow with it to some areas.
Heavy snow continues to fall over a broad swath of the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New England and the snowfall is expected to increase as the evening progresses.
Travel in and out of the region was virtually impossible by midday.
Over 5,000 flights had been cancelled by 4:30 p.m. …

‘Four’easter’ Winter Storm Hammers East Coast, Over 4,000 Flights Cancelled

‘Four’easter’ Winter Storm Hammers East Coast, Over 4,000 Flights Cancelled

Happy Four’easter.
The fourth nor’easter in three weeks is currently pelting the Northeast with snow and sleet and in many regions the worst is yet to come.
Heavy snow falling at the rate of 1” to 2” (2.5 to 5 centimeters) per hour accompanied by fierce winds will result in the obligatory downed trees and power lines. Meanwhile snow, heavy in some areas, is expected to continue falling in Ohio …

East Coast Recovering from Nor’easter That Killed at Least 7

East Coast Recovering from Nor’easter That Killed at Least 7

The nor’easter that blasted the eastern United States with heavy snow, wind, and rain left at least seven people dead, millions without power, and resulted in the cancellation of thousands of airline flights, moved out to sea late Friday.
Seven people reported died as a result of the storm, all by falling trees, including a six-year-old boy in Virginia and an 11-year-old boy in New York State.
Heavy snow blanketed much of …

Nor’easter Update: 1.4 Million Without Power, Tens of Thousands Left Stranded as Airlines Cancel Flights

Nor’easter Update: 1.4 Million Without Power, Tens of Thousands Left Stranded as Airlines Cancel Flights

The nor’easter blasting the eastern United States with heavy snow, wind, and rain has left over 1.4 million people without power and stranded thousands of air passengers.
The effects of the storm are being felt as far south as Georgia and as far north as Maine.
“Take this storm seriously,” the National Weather Service in Boston said in a tweet. “This is a LIFE & DEATH situation for those living along the …

Powerful Nor’easter Brings Heavy Wind and Snow, Leaves Thousands Stranded

Powerful Nor’easter Brings Heavy Wind and Snow, Leaves Thousands Stranded

The East Coast woke up to a powerful storm with damaging winds, snow, and flooding that left thousands of travelers stranded and, in many cases, unable to return home for the weekend.
Damaging winds have already been reported in the region from western New York to the mountains of North Carolina, and the combination of heavy snow and high winds is likely to be followed by widespread power outages.
Meanwhile, heavy snow …

Airline Industry Urges Congress to Reject Increases in TSA and Customs Fees

Airline Industry Urges Congress to Reject Increases in TSA and Customs Fees

The Trump administration’s budget for fiscal year 2019 would include an annual $2.9 billion increase in Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection security fees to be paid by travelers and shippers.
The move was strongly opposed by the U.S. airline industry, saying the increases cannot be justified.
“Increasing taxes in any form will add to the cost of flying for millions of Americans, curtail job growth and limit the options …