Congress Gets Closer to FAA Extension

House OK’s FAA Bill, Now up to Senate

It appears that we will be avoiding much of the drama of this summer’s congressional standoff, now that the House of Representatives has approved a bill that will temporarily extend the operation authority of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The senate is expected to approve the measure sometime this week.

During July and August, passengers and others watched in dismay as partisan politics appeared to get in the way of an agreement on an FAA extension, resulting in a 13-day standoff in which some 75,000 construction works and FAA employees were thrown out of work. Air traffic controllers did stay on the job, however, and travel was not interrupted.

See the Winners and Losers during the Last FAA Standoff

The Airline Ticket Tax Holiday that Wasn’t

One potential bright spot in the mess: a chance for passengers to find cheap flights more easily than ever, thanks to an airline ticket tax holiday, as certain federal monies normally incorporated into airline tickets went uncollected.. It never happened, though. The airlines simply hiked their prices, with two exceptions: of Alaska and Spirit.

Who Benefits from FAA Extension

Just about anyone who flies in U.S. has reason to cheer the FAA extension as it provides funding for vital aviation and transportation projects, including airport improvements. However, this latest proposed bill only extends the FAA’s authority through the end of January. Then it’s back to square one.

Question for our readers: Are your politicians part of the problem?


Published: September 14, 2011