The debate over a proposal to change the way the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is funded has pitted low-fare carriers against the so-called Big Seven, the nation's seven largest airlines (American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, TWA, United, and US Airways). Low-fare airlines say the user fee the Big Seven favor over the current ten percent tax on all tickets is a punitive measure threatening their survival. The Big Seven call the user fee fairer and more efficient than the outdated ...

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