Do the Airlines Owe You?

FAAUnless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the debt ceiling controversy and all the ups and downs as members of Congress tried to work out a deal to keep the government from shutting down.

What you might not have heard is that Congress didn't get all the work done for all federal agencies. As a matter of fact, the Federal Aviation Administration, the oversight agency of the airline industry, has lost funding and about 4,000 employees were put on furlough.

You'll be glad to know that this doesn't affect air traffic controllers and other essential personnel that keep planes in the sky. However, it does mean that if you've been flying recently, your ticket included federal taxes, the current destination of which is, well, up in the air. 

A recent article states that some airlines have agreed to refund tax monies they collected after the FAA reduction, which is against the rules. Some details are sketchy, such as which airlines and what dates, but if you're a meeting industry worker who does lots of flying, it just might be worth checking out.

Let us know if you have success.

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