Senate wants Government Intervention in rising Airline Costs

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The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations, which are often unfair or hidden from consumers, according to a Senate report.

Democrats Investigate the Report

The report, which is based on an investigation by the Democratic staff of the Senate commerce committee, says there appears to be no connection between the price of checked bag fees and the costs incurred by the airlines that impose them.

“For instance, many airlines charge a fee for a second checked bag that is substantially higher than the fee for the first checked bag, even though there appears to be no cost justification other than increased profit for doing so,” the report said.

It recommends that the Department of Transportation, which has the power to investigate and prohibit “unfair or deceptive” practices in the airline industry, investigate whether bag fees should be tied to actual costs incurred by an airline.

Five Airline Under Scrutiny

The report also says that five airlines surveyed by committee staff, which are United, Delta, American, Hawaiian and Spirit, charge consumers a flat fee for changing or cancelling a ticket no matter how far in… MORE

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