Breathing The Air In Venezuela? Prepare To Pay

Tyler Durden's picture

There is something to be said about every socialist paradise in the history of socialist paradises: they always run out of other people's money. And when they do, stuff like this happens: the biggest international airport in Venezuela is charging a fee for the right to inhale clean air.

As BBC correctly notes, we're used to a seemingly endless range of taxes and surcharges when we fly - passenger taxes, departure taxes, fuel levies. But Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas has taken this a step further - passengers flying out now have to pay 127 bolivars tax ($20) for the air they breathe.

Wait, a tax to breathe the air? Why yes - it is meant to cover the cost of a newly-installed system which uses ozone to purify the building's air conditioning system. A press release from the Ministry of Water and Air Transport says it's the first airport in South America and the Caribbean to use the technology, which it claims will eliminate bacterial growth to "protect the health of travellers," as well as deodorizing and sanitising the building.

Needless to say, the denizens of the socialist paradise are all but enthused. From BBC:

But with tickets out of the country already expensive and scarce because of Venezuela's economic crisis, many on social media have responded to the tax with both humour and outrage.


Radio presenter Daniel Martínez tweeted: "Could you explain to me the ozone thing in Maiquetia? The toilets don't have water, the air-con is broken, there are stray dogs inside the airport, but there's ozone?"


"Soon we will be charged for the 'good gas'" was another tweet - a rueful reference to the tear gas that the police often use on opposition protesters. The satirical news blog El Chiguire Bipolar ran the headline: "Maiquetia Airport unveils robot that puts you upside-down and takes your money."



Some Venezuelans on social media fear the tax could end up being a new source of corruption. Others see it as evidence of how short of cash the airport is. Most international airlines have reduced the number of flights to the country because of a financial dispute with the Venezuelan government.


Depending who you ask, the tax is funny, infuriating, or just one more surreal aspect of a country that has the biggest oil reserves in the world, yet at the same time has shortages of toilet paper and sugar.

And in a "developed world" obsessed with minizing the impact of fossil fuels and maximizing the size of friendly totalitarian governments everywhere, and which is one reserve currency announcement away from being far more insolvent than Venezuela, one can be sure that Venezuela's experiment with air trax is coming to a socialist paradise near you.

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NidStyles's picture

I guess Total Recall came early this year :-)

Latina Lover's picture

The Global Warmists must be so jealous that despite spending hundreds of billion lying to the western world masses, they were unable to con them into a carbon tax, aka, taxing the right to breathe air.  Instead, dumb, stupid Venezuela, pulls off the financial coup of the century ( biggest scam since the Fed Reserve) and convinces the local populace to buy into this fraud. 


Suck it Al Gore!

Liberal's picture

Taxing people to breathe...Why didn't we liberals think of it first?!

Groundhog Day's picture

i guess SPACE BALLS was way ahead of its time!

SilverIsKing's picture

I can provide my own brand of air if they'd like and I'll only charge them a can of beans.

TeamDepends's picture

Nothing says third-world like stray dogs in the airport.

Skateboarder's picture

TSA mothafuckas are stray dawgs. Do we count?

TeamDepends's picture

You have insulted a very large number of crafty canines.  Good day!

Skateboarder's picture

Not as insulting as having a cancer-scan or an 'ol fashoined groparoo from these paedophiles.

COSMOS's picture

Venzuela is prime target for a coup by the US state dept.  Has anyone seen Nuland handing out cookies down there.  With all that oil sitting in the ground waiting for US corporations its a waiting game.

Amazing the amount of bad press about the country from MSM

jimmytorpedo's picture

How about stray dogs in Olympic athletes hotel corridors?

or how about when the President of a country decides he can kill anyone he likes?

Hint,'s all the third world now.

ugmug's picture

I'm waiting for medicinal marijuana air to become available in all US airports. You can't get anything easier than that. Why waste the effort of lighting up when its provided by the ventilation system.....people will willingly pay $20 for that.

AlaricBalth's picture

Holy Cow!! Why don't they just tax us for exhaling a greenhouse gas (CO2)??
Oh wait.....

Liberal's picture

Tax the breathers!

(And subsidize free air for the rest of us liberals)

nmewn's picture

Fucking socialists, I swear.

Liberal's picture

You didn't build that...air.

nmewn's picture

MDB did it better.

But keep workin on it ;-)

gimme-gimme-gimme's picture

It's not a tax. This is something a good capitalist would do you stupid Capitalist cunts should learn from them.

Groundhog Day's picture

When I teach my 10 year old the ways of the world we live in, I rouinely remind him that absolutely nothing is free in this world except for AIR....and now in one part of the world absolutely nothing is free

vulcanraven's picture

"Come on Cohagen, give those people air!"

Luckhasit's picture

"Fuck them, it'll be a lesson to the others."

El Oregonian's picture

Gives a new meaning to the word "AIR LINES".

Idiot Utopians...

Oldwood's picture

Whats the fine for farting???...two years in jail?

dirtscratcher's picture

"Whats the fine for farting???...two years in jail?"



Well, looks like I'm in for a life sentence after that burrito I just ate.

semperfi's picture

ever eat at Mexico 1900 in La Mirada, CA?   1 fart down, 1899 to go.

gcjohns1971's picture

Obama is so  happy with the results Social Justice Campaigners achieved in Venuzuela, he has decided to import them to help create a similar economic miracle in the US.

pachanguero's picture

Oue Rico Papi! Still the hottest broke ass chicks in the world.  Viva Socialismo!

DarthVaderMentor's picture

I love those nude beaches......wonder if they tax your eyeballs?

Cacete de Ouro's picture

I would gladly pay for mouth to mouth resuscitation lessons at the airport from some of those hot Venezuelan chicks

NoDebt's picture

Too late, Tylers.  It's already here in the US.  The TSA just raised a fee/surtax on all airline tickets - up to an exta $22 per flight.

The punchline:  the fee will be used to PAY DOWN THE NATIONAL DEFICIT.  And yes, they said that with a straight face.  Link:


NOTaREALmerican's picture

Wow,  they must be expecting a big surge in passengers.   Let's see...  the national debt / 22 bucks,   that's allot of airplanes.  

NoDebt's picture

Only rich people fly in airplanes.  So it's cool. 

I, myself, am a Middle Class Shut-InTM.  I can live a VERY comfortable middle class life as long as I don't go anywhere or do anything.

Luckhasit's picture

Haha, nice to know we're all the same!

semperfi's picture

somebody's gonna have to go back and get a shitload of dimes !

Dr. Engali's picture

Speaking of saying things with a straight face:

WH: We've ‘Substantially Improved the Tranquility of the Global Community’

NoDebt's picture

I'm not sure what's scarier.  That he thinks anyone would belive that, or that maybe he believes it himself.  

Just thank God that we have big oceans on either side of us and plenty of southern states we can give to Mexico to appease them as they slowly take us over by sheer numbers.  Canada is still pretty friendly when it's time to escape the US.

nmewn's picture

Speaking of saying things with a straight face:

Marc Rich's lawyer (Eric Holder) despite his lack of bringing charges on the Black Panthers in Philly or Lois Lerner at the IRS for "voter intimidation" seems to think we have a problem with, you guessed it, voter intimidation:

“I'm attorney general of the United States. I will not stand for -- I will not allow people to take away that which people gave their lives to give, and that is the ability for the American people to vote,” Holder said."


And its high time to talk about what "Rule of Law" this man operates under regarding illegal aliens. Is it this one?...

"How we treat those in need, particularly young people who must appear in immigration proceedings, many of whom are fleeing violence, persecution, abuse or trafficking — goes to the core of who we are as a nation," the attorney general said, explaining a program to provide 100 lawyers and paralegals for minors brought here by drug cartels and other human traffickers."

Or this one?...

Napolitano: Tell me, Mr. Holder, why did you not get a court order authorizing you to go in and get the boy?

Holder: Because we didn’t need a court order. INS can do this on its own.

Napolitano: You know that a court order would have given you the cloak of respectability to have seized the boy.

Holder: We didn’t need an order.

Napolitano: Then why did you ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for such an order if you didn’t need one?

Holder: [Silence]

Napolitano: The fact is, for the first time in history you have taken a child from his residence at gunpoint to enforce your custody position, even though you did not have an order authorizing it.

Anyone remember Elian Gonzalez?

Holders duplicity knows no bounds.

davidalan1's picture

NO FUCKING WAY !!!!! bwaahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


"salt free air"   - I just KNOW Bloomberg has a hand in this and tomorrow Cramer will be pumping

perrier....."back to you Bob pisani"

Rockfish's picture

Sounds like capitalism. I provide you a service ( clean air) and charge for it. If you don't want to pay find an alternative route out of this shit hole. Now if they subsidize some users well that's socialism.

Hobbleknee's picture

Ozone is a pollutant at ground level.

Took Red Pill's picture

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet

semperfi's picture

 If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it

LibertarianMenace's picture

Nah, just the guy from The Inland Revenue, a.k.a. the Tax Man.