Senate Passes Bill Ending FAA Shutdown

by  Liz Webber | Aug 5, 2011
Plane / Biletskiy_Evgeniy/iStock

After a nearly two-week shutdown of the FAA, the Senate passed legislation to restore funding to the organization, according to news reports. Once President Obama signs the bill, which already has House approval, the 4,000 furloughed FAA workers will be back at work by Monday. For travelers, this means the FAA will once again be able to collect taxes on airline tickets. This may or may not affect the cost of flights, as many airlines had continued to charge flyers higher prices during the shutdown and then pocketed the money that ordinarily would have gone to taxes. It is also unclear if passengers who purchased tickets in the past two weeks will be required to pay additional taxes once the FAA is up and running again.

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