DOT fee rule fails to address transparency for consumers

The US Department of Transportation issued its long-awaited notice of proposed rule making on ancillary fees which have been growing increasingly opaque, after leaving it out of the consumer rule issued in April. But consumer advocates will necessarily be disappointed since it does little to address transparency. Even so, should the rule become final, it ought to make it much more fun to analyze how airlines earn their money and much easier for the government to tax ancillary fee revenues.

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