As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Transportation this week officially withdrew a proposed rulemaking that would have required airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale itinerary-specific details on applicable fees for up to two checked bags and carry-on luggage.
The U.S. House and Senate in recent days reached a bipartisan, final agreement on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to fund the Federal Aviation Administration for five years and set forth a variety of provisions on airport infrastructure, airline safety and even airplane seat sizes. There is some relief for corporate travel agencies buried in the bill, which is widely expected to go into law.
The U.S. Department of Transportation released a new proposal to mandate the disclosure of ancillary fee information through the sales channels where airlines provide fare and schedule information.
In 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, conducted a deep dive into ancillary airline fees and concluded "consumers could benefit from better information about airline-imposed fees."
The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking public comments "on existing rules and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension or modification," according to a notice in the Federal Register last month.
The U.S. Department of Transportation this month closed a comment period that asked anyone in the public to flag regulations or other department actions that are ripe for review or repeal.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has divided its long-awaited Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections III rulemaking into three separate proceedings, passing off a contentious provision on ancillary fee disclosures into a later batch of rules that likely won't be considered until the next presidential administration.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed it would extend the compliance date for new rules on airline biasing that had been set to take effect today.
A new U.S. Department of Transportation rule that prohibits travel agencies and airlines from biasing flight displays without notice officially takes effect Wednesday. Or, maybe it doesn't. DOT has declined to say for sure whether the scheduled Feb. 15 enactment will occur amid the Trump administration's regulatory freeze, leaving airlines, agencies and distributors in the dark.