A new proposal from the U.S. Department of Transportation would require airlines to disclosure of fees for “certain basic airline services,” including checked baggage.
The proposed rule would also require more carriers to report their performance data to DOT. It also codifies the DOT’s definition of a ticket agent, which the agency says will ensure companies that offer flight search tools and receive a form of compensation are adhering to the Department’s consumer protection requirements.
“Knowledge is power, and our latest proposal helps ensure consumers have clear and accurate information when choosing among air transportation options,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The proposal we’re offering today will strengthen the consumer protections we have previously enacted and raise the bar for airlines and ticket agents when it comes to treating travelers fairly.”
Under the proposed rule, airlines and ticket agents would be required to disclose fees for certain basic, additional services associated with airline tickets at all points of sale. The proposal defines these services as first checked bag, second checked bag, one carry-on item, and advance seat assignment. Currently, fees for additional services are often difficult to determine when searching for airfares and as a result, many consumers are unable to understand the true cost of travel before purchasing a ticket.