Continental and Rivals Chafe at Tab for Transportation Security

Carriers balk at government move to collected hundreds of millions in 2005 security fees


BILLION-DOLLAR BILL

Elements of taxes and security fees for Continental Airlines in 2005, and their abbreviations:

U.S.: Domestic transportation tax (percentage and U.S. international arrival and departure tax), $507 million

AY: Security fee (levied on passengers for emplanements at airports in the U.S.), $129 million

XF: Passenger Facility Charge (collected from passengers enplaning at certain airports), $123 million

ZP: Flight Segment Tax (applicable to passengers on domestic flights; applies in addition to the domestic transportation tax and levied on each passenger per flight segment on transportation which is subject to domestic transportation tax), $121 million

XY: Immigration & Naturalization Service Fee, $43 million

All other domestic and international taxes, $253 million

Total: $1.176 billion

Source: Continental Airlines

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