Coalition of 17 Attorneys General Asks Trump Administration for ‘Airline Fee Transparency’

This is a press release from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra:

Christopher Michel [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a coalition of 17 attorneys general asking the Trump Administration to not withdraw a proposed rule requiring airlines and third-party booking companies to disclose baggage fees and other charges up front. The Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees Rule proposed in January 2017 would have made it easier for consumers to understand the full cost of their plane travel. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced earlier this month that it would no longer be moving forward with the rule. U.S. airlines are expected to earn $57 billion from baggage and other service fees this year – $7 billion from baggage fees alone.

“As Californians travel this holiday season, they expect to know up front what their flight will really cost,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Instead, the Trump Administration is enabling airlines to nickel and dime consumers after their flights are already purchased. We urge the Administration to enact this rule and provide the American people with this much-needed transparency.”

Airlines are increasingly charging additional fees for carry-on baggage, checked baggage, seat selection, and even to provide assistance to children traveling by themselves. When a customer books a ticket, the baseline ticket price is typically all that is shown, and fees are not disclosed until booking is nearly complete or even after tickets have been purchased. Transparency in airline pricing allows consumers to make informed choices when booking their travel.

Joining California are the Attorneys General of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation condemning the decision can be found at oag.ca.gov/news.

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4 comments

  • unbridled phillistine

    The one thing I have learned about Trump is if does not want to do something? He will not. All the lawyers in the world could not change that mans mind!

  • THOSE BAGGAGE FEES SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TICKET, JUST LIKE OUR FIRE TAX, YOUR PROPERTY TAXES SHOULD INCLUDE FIRE PROTECTION. FOR MOST OF US OUT HERE, WHEN CDF GETS TO YOUR HOME THE ASHES ARE COLD, AN THE STRUCTURE IS GONE !

    • Ashes ashes all fall down, picture a bright blue ball

      True that!!! I pay $1,200 dollars alone in so called “fire tax”. We live in the knf not even cal fire/Cdf territory. Ashes are cold and blown away by then. What a scam!!

  • On the other hand

    I’m not sure this is an issue. I frequently fly and I always know the price of my ticket, before I purchase it asks if I am going to check a bag and it tells me how much it will cost to check the bag. Using simple addition I add the price of the ticket and any baggage fee. Nothing is hidden from me before I pay.

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