LOS ANGELES (CN) – Airlines are illegally collecting 10 percent “tourist taxes” on citizens of Mexico who buy tickets in the United States for flights to Mexico, Maria Sanchez claims in three class-action complaints in Superior Court.
Represented by Henry Rossbacher in all cases, Sanchez sued Alaska Airlines, Mexicana airlines, and AeroMexico. She claims Alaska Airlines, for example, charged her $22 tourist tax on a $215 ticket to Guadalajara. She says Mexican citizens are exempt from the tourist tax, which varies depending upon the currency exchange ratio. She demands restitution, compensation and costs.