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Airlines No Longer Required to Disclose Baggage Fees

Airlines No Longer Required to Disclose Baggage Fees
Meg Butler

The Trump administration is withdrawing an Obama-era proposal requiring airlines and ticket agencies to disclose baggage fees as soon as passengers begin the process of buying tickets.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) posted a notice on the Federal Register this week that announced it’s withdrawal of the rule, along with another plan to force air carriers to disclose how much revenue they make from charging other ancillary fees.

The administration argues that these regulations have “limited public benefit.”

The decision drew ire from Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) who has lead the push for airline consumer protections in Congress. He Tweeted, “Unbelievable. Pulling the plug on rules that would ensure airlines are open and honest about bag fees and other charges is about as anti-consumer as it gets.”


To read more on this story, go to The Washington Post.

View Comments (13)


  1. BigFlyer

    December 10, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Very misleading headline, whoever wrote it did not read the article carefully.

    The headline says “airlines no longer required” to disclose baggage fees. However, the article makes it clear that airlines were never required to disclose those fees, it is only a proposed rule that has been withdrawn (actually, the Washington Post article from which this is taken accurately states it was a proposed rule, the article above states it was a rule, but also refers to it as a proposal.)

  2. Counsellor

    December 11, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Maybe this will be the impetus to Congress to pass actual legislation protecting consumers — like that in the EU — instead of blind reliance on DOT to protect us.

  3. MarkOK

    December 11, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Obama-era is becoming synonymous with ‘sane’.

  4. Allan38103

    December 11, 2017 at 11:32 am

    We have enough “rules” already. Name any rule that ultimately resulted a an airline’s cost being lowered. Who ;pays for increased airline costs?

  5. Sydneyberlin

    December 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Sigh. One crazy decision after the other and that worst election of all times comes back to bite.

  6. chavala

    December 12, 2017 at 4:49 am

    It’s almost now like he’s grasping at straws to see what else he can get away with to F with the world. This guy needs some serious therapy (perhaps a straight jacket)

  7. 1StRanger

    December 12, 2017 at 5:53 am

    @BigFlyer: very good point!
    Unfortunately, it is not the first time the news snippets on FT distorted the information.

  8. Sabai

    December 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Airlines Against Americans must be giddy at the prospect of even more anti-consumer moves. Meanwhile, they whinge about the ME3 providing competition to the US cartels.

  9. jaimelobo

    December 14, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Allan38103, yeah we wouldn’t want anything that might help a consumer make an informed decision whey pricing/buy tickets – F the passengers!

  10. bobbysfca

    December 14, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I wonder if any of this is connected to Trump himself being a failure at running an airline?
    It does seem that anytime (every time) he proves incompetent at anything, he blames others and then seeks revenge.
    This might also explain his attacks on the NFL …?

  11. heybrian

    December 14, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Regardless of the accuracy of the article, I want and need to know what my baggage fees will be before I buy my tickets. Fee disclosure is a common courtesy that should be given to customers making any purchase. Anyone arguing with that is just trying to sell you something.

  12. arcticflier

    December 14, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Everybody Chill.
    The headline apears misleading since the author indicates this was a “proposal” and had not yey been enacted. That means the current baggage fee reporting practices will remain unchanged.

    The Obama-era legislation was an attempt to change these existing practices. I would have liked to see the Obama-era legislation remain but the current indistry practice is quite easy to locate during ticket purchase.

    As for the poster Chavala who suggests Trump is trying to “F the world”…this repeal is simply an exaple of Pro-Corporate GOP platforms of less onerous regulations. America has always been a battleground between consumer rights vs Industry. The pendulum swings both directions. My concern is the arc of that swing continues to increase with every election year.

  13. lovetosoar

    December 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    So when and how is the customer to know what the fees will be? This is incredibly anti-consumer IF they are not available before purchase.

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