A number of consumer rights groups have jointly urged the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize rules for protecting passengers from hidden airline fees.
In a joint letter to the OMB, the organizations urged it to complete their work on the delayed Department of Transportation’s “Enhancing Consumer Protections III” regulations.
They said that this particular rule-making was initiated on April 4, 2011, and has still not been published by the Department for comments – after over 880 days.
The rules under consideration will require airlines to disclose fees for items such as checking baggage and seat assignments at the time a passenger sees the first price of a ticket. This will enable customers to compare all-inclusive ticket prices across airlines.
Obviously, the airlines oppose additional regulations on price transparency.
The letter was signed by the Consumer Travel Alliance, Consumer Federation of America, National Consumers League, Consumers Union, Business Travel Coalition, AirlinePassengers.org, Association for Airline Passenger Rights, FlyersRights.org, and U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group).