Bill would upend new airline fare advertising rule
January 30th, 2012
10:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Bill would upend new airline fare advertising rule

Washington (CNN) - A new rule requiring airlines to include government taxes and fees in their advertised price is continuing to cause turbulence in the travel industry - and a congressman said Monday he'll introduce a bill to overturn it.

Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, said Monday he will introduce a bill to cancel the U.S. Department of Transportation rule, which took effect last week. The rule requires airlines to roll mandatory per-passenger taxes and fees into the advertised fare, but allows them to break down the costs elsewhere in the advertisement.

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  1. Larry L

    Leave it to a Republican to try to block a law that protects the consumer with transparancy in the cost of the airfare. Will we ever see a Republican doing anything to help anybody but the corporate fat-cats?

    January 30, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    This sounds eminently reasonable as the DOT have laid out. To me its just like VAT in Europe where you have to show the inclusive price on price tags and details on the till receipt. Goods value Vat.
    In fact I wish the DOT had gone further and made it mandatory to show ticket cost taxes etc and other charge rates not included in ticket price, especially fuel surcharges.
    On some discount airlines in Europe you need a coin to pay to use the Loo. Baggage charges are separate, and sometimes On board food and refeshment must be paid for as well. All on one page please cross ref'd to T&C if you must for each item. Then we can all do quick sums as to who is most competitive.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    January 30, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. ct

    what is wrong with these gops? truly do not believe in fairness

    January 31, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. Jules

    Why should people not know what the total cost of a ticket is right up front? Of course, this is introduced by a Republican.

    January 31, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  5. coy4one

    Yes, more Republican big business bull. I travel and I WANT to know what the total price is up front. What? Are the airlines upset because they can no longer hide their fees? I'd rather have the choice of knowing my fees before which airline I decide to fly. LEAVE THE LAW ALONE CONGRESS!!

    January 31, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  6. diridi

    These Air Lines are robbing the public. If you ever delay or miss the flight, by mistake, or by circumstances, or late, you have to buy new ticket-it is silly. This is a clear-cut Robbery. Please stop it. Pass strictures on this. please. Airline-Robbery. No wonder, I am not flying.

    January 31, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  7. diridi

    Airlines need to be straightened. by mistake, or late, you go, they charge you and make you buy new ticket. this is silly and outrageous. Stop this, congress.

    January 31, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Typical GOBP deathcult attack on consumer protections: Give the consumers less information instead of more.

    January 31, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. ben

    This is clearly an anti-consumer bill. Being told the actual price of something is important in making choices on who to fly with. Could there be any other reason for this other than airline lobbyists? Makes me sick.

    January 31, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. Paul1st

    In the interest of full disclosure, would the Republican Congressman from Georgia please reveal how much in campaign contributions he receives from the airline and travel industries? With regards to the issue of full disclosure on travel costs, doesn't it make sense that any consumer needs to know how much it will cost to get from here to there? If you don't know the cost and you can't pay the cost, you will not get there. Imagine if you went to the gas pump and the advertise price excluded the local, state and federal taxes? Two-fifty a gallon may look cheap and they you find out you have to pay three-twenty five a gallon and can't drive away until you do.

    January 31, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OOOOH, the fine print that is almost impossible to read, or that is spoken too fast to be understood! And how much is Delta Airlines paying Rep. Graves to sponsor this bit of idiocy? If it fails, will they make him ride in Coach (center seat) on a 757 from Hartsfield-Jackson to Reagan?

    January 31, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. mk1

    What is wrong with knowing up front what tickets are going to cost? I don't get it, this should be a no brainer for the consumer but no, Republicans have to protect industry at our expense. When will ordinary people finally understand that Republicans do put business and party before people, they always have and always will and that a vote for a Republican is a vote against common people and their best interest.

    January 31, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |