Airline lobby passing out 'barf bags' at DC airport to protest flight tax

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The ATA said that "further increasing airline taxes and fees would eliminate 181,000 American jobs, reduce air service and mean higher costs.

"To demonstrate that taxes are making people sick, the ATA will be distributing air-sickness bags at Reagan Washington National Airport to airline customers and employees, reinforcing that new taxes will increase costs and reduce service," the organization said of the effort Monday.

Obama has also proposed a $7.50 increase in the security taxes passengers pay each way on trips.

Several airline executives, including the CEOs of United and Southwest airlines, have sharply criticized the flight tax proposals.