There are fears that the US government could double the security fees paid by airline passengers as part of its deficit-reduction plan. Although no firm proposals have been tabled, lobbyists representing US carriers are working to fight the prospect of the current maximum fee imposed on commercial flights being increased from its current level of $10 per round-trip ticket. If the fee is doubled, the duty raised would increase government coffers to at least $15 billion over 10 years. However, such a move would substantially increase ticket prices for airline passengers. Nicholas Calio, president of the Air Transport Association, called

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