The Transparent Airfares Act, hiding the true cost of your flight

Christopher Elliot writing for the Washington Post on the new bill hide the true cost of your flight:

The Transparent Airfares Act would effectively void a Department of Transportation regulation called the full-fare advertising rule, which is supported by consumer groups and airline passengers and has been upheld by the courts. That rule requires airlines to quote a price that includes all mandatory taxes and fees.

If this passes, it gives airlines the ability to show you only the cost of the actual ticket–not fees and taxes. This effectively allows airlines to bury the true cost of the ticket in fees, which won’t have to be quoted until right before you pay.

I do have to give them points for being able to call this the Transparent Airfares Act with a straight face.

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