Ministers are planning to sharply increase the amount of money raised from airline taxes in a move that will net an extra £520 million annually.
Airlines – already struggling to deal with record fuel prices – calculate that the tax per person on a flight to America or other long-haul destinations will rise from £40 to about £100 from next year. The levy will be passed on to passengers.
So 200 bucks per ticket surcharge and for what? Well the US says:
“The Treasury’s proposal, although cast as an environmental measure, appears in reality to constitute nothing more than a device for generating additional revenue from the airline community.”
“There is no linkage between the funds collected from airlines and the mitigation of any environmental impact of airline emissions or any other environmental problem…Moreover, the Treasury’s proposal does not demonstrate that the new duty would influence airlines to adjust their fleets or their booking practices to achieve higher load factors…Nor are any data provided to justify the levy based on an assessment of damage from aircraft emissions.”
So yet another ripoff – although the peasants do seem to be getting a little restless, the UK government doesn’t seem too concerned. What are they going to do – leave the country? Well, yes – they are in ever-increasing numbers.
The man accused of trying to carry bomb components onto a airplane at Orlando International Airport told investigators he going to blow up a tree stump in Jamaica, but later said he was going to show friends how to build explosives “like he saw in Iraq.”
A federal complaint filed against Brown charged that he was carrying components for pipe bombs, two Vodka bottles filled with nitromethane, BB pellets, a rocket igniter, several batteries, lighter fluid and instructions on how to make explosives, according to FBI task force agent Kelly Boaz, who is assigned to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy and bomb technician assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Boaz wrote that nitro-methane in combination with the rocket igniter, acting as a wick, could have created an incendiary device.
I wonder when they will report that he changed his name recently to Mohammad al-Jihadi?
What’s shocking is that its taken so long. There have been attempted attacks – especially on El Al flights (see Kenya), and it seems like this would be a high profile terror target – shooting down a planeload of Americans.
As many as three American Airlines passenger jets will be outfitted this spring with laser technology intended to protect planes from missile attacks.
The technology is intended to stop attacks by detecting heat from missiles, then responding in a fraction of a second by firing laser beams to jam the missiles’ guidance systems.
The use of a signal to mimic a missile attack has already been tested in the air, said Tim Wagner, an American Airlines spokesman. Those tests also showed that the anti-missile system didn’t interfere with the jet’s other controls, officials said.
Officials said yesterday that the anti-missile system would not be tested on flights that carry passengers. The tests, which could involve more than 1,000 flights, will determine how the technology holds up under the rigors of flight, they said.
And you can already hear the excuses – they were just doing the jobs Americans wont do. We shouldn’t actually enforce our laws, it will just make them angry. Social security number verification is racist. Citizenship verification is racist. Everything is racist.
CHICAGO—Nearly two dozen illegal immigrants were arrested Wednesday, accused of using fake security badges to work in critical areas of O’Hare International Airport, including the tarmac, authorities said.
Much of the investigation centered on the airport security badges issued by the Department of Aviation, said U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald. Agents found that 110 of the 134 badges issued to Ideal Staffing workers did not match the individuals who carried them, he said.
According to affidavits in a complaint against Gurin and Benitez unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the applications for the 110 bogus badges listed Social Security numbers that either did not exist or belonged to other individuals, some of whom were dead.
One affidavit from a temporary worker who cooperated with authorities said Benitez told him to look through a box containing about 20 airport security badges and to pick one with a picture that resembled his own face.