FlyersRights.org addressed (13-Jul-2010) the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee regarding airline fees, and called upon Congress to "do something about out of control fees currently charged by airlines to its customers". [more]
FlyersRights.org: "Congress, not just the Department of Transportation, should act now to protect consumers from the ever increasing number and variety of fees imposed on them by the airlines. These fees, many of which the airlines do not have to pay taxes on, are simply an effort by the airlines to shift their financial burdens onto American consumers at a time when they can least afford them ... Just as they have done with ATMs and credit cards, Congress and the administration must do more than force airlines to make the fees transparent and easier to understand — they should curtail the imposition of these fees in the first place. Airlines like imposing fees rather than increasing fares because in most cases they can avoid paying taxes which support the safety and efficiency of our airport system – so consumers are being ripped off and shortchanged at the same time – enough is enough," Kate Hanni, Executive Director. Source: FlyersRights.org, 13-Jul-2010.