A lot has changed in the airline industry since I retired. I worked for one of the local carriers for more than 20 years, back then air travel was a privilege. Today though, because of the world we live in, air travel has had to adapt to more security measures, more travelers and unfortunately, more fees and federal taxes.

These taxes are adding an undue burden on individuals, families and business travelers.

More than 3 million people pass through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport each month, but that number could fall significantly, thanks to a new tax proposal in Congress.

There’s no good reason for lawmakers to raise taxes on families that travel. Airports are already flush with cash – they don’t need additional tax revenue for infrastructure upgrades. The move would just hurt ordinary Minnesotans.