Governments all around the world, at all levels, are desperately searching for more revenue, and air travel has become a popular target. Although the airline industry's claim that it is the most highly taxed industry in the world may be a bit of hyperbole, the fact remains that every time you fly you have to pay a handful of taxes and fees.
While many of these costs are included in the quote you see for your ticket price (a government requirement now in much of the developed world), some of the worst are the ones you face at your arrival or departure airport, and often you must pay in the local currency. Figuring out each country's specific requirements can be difficult, but it pays to know before you go. Here are some of the taxes and fees that can hit you the hardest when you travel.