It looks like the new European plan to limit airline emissions will cost U.S. travelers to Europe a few bucks.
The plan to impose strict emission limits on planes flying in and out of Europe took effect Jan. 1, and Delta, United and American airlines, as well as US Airways, have already added a $3 surcharge for flights between the U.S. and Europe. It is a move industry analysts see as a way to offset the emission plan's financial impact on the airlines.
But that is only part of the fallout from the new emission plan.
A trade group for Chinese airlines has threatening to withhold emission data from European officials in protest of the plan. Chinese government officials, however, said they would be wiling to discuss a resolution with the Europeans.
The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, launched the emission plan in 2005, first targeting utilities and manufactures and more recently adding airlines. Starting Jan. 1, greenhouse gas emissions from airlines are capped at 97% of their average 2004-06 levels and 95% in 2013.