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Now's Your Chance to Sound Off on Air Fare Pricing

Ever tempted to buy those low $89 fares to California, Vegas or Florida, only to book the ticket and discover that the fare is significantly more thanks to all the added government fees and taxes?

Well those extra fees could get worse if the Department of Transportation grants an industry request for a separate fuel surcharge. Such an extra fee is now barred by current rules, which were adopted 21 years ago.

DOT is seeking comment on whether it should amend its airline advertising policy. It wants to know if it should:

    1. Keep the rules as they are, letting airlines promote a base price and list government-imposed fees and taxes separately.
    2. End the exception for the fees and taxes and require airlines to advertise the full and final price.
    3. Eliminate most ad requirements but order the airlines to state the full and final price before a ticket is actually purchased.
    4. Wipe out all advertising rules when it comes to air fares.

If you feel strongly, now's your time to sound off. File a comment with DOT. You need to enter docket number 23194. To see others' comments, click here and enter docket number 23194. Comments are due by Feb. 13.

By  |  February 2, 2006; 10:00 AM ET Consumer News
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How about another option: reduce the taxes! Taxes effectively doubled the cost of a recent trip of mine. It's just another way the government worms its way into every aspect of our lives!

Posted by: recent traveler | February 2, 2006 4:38 PM


This will be a huge waste of money. Security is already excessive, and increased costs to air passengers will result in more people driving. This will cost lives, since air travel is so much safer.

Posted by: Alan Tidwell | February 2, 2006 5:53 PM


This will be a huge waste of money. Security is already excessive, and increased costs to air passengers will result in more people driving. This will cost lives, since air travel is so much safer. Keep the fee as it is and reduce it, and stop being so fascinated with checking passengers' shoes!

Posted by: Alan Tidwell | February 2, 2006 5:53 PM

Since the airlines are too stupid to raise fares to keep themselves in existence, they'll probably just eat the increase, which will eventually send another two or three into bankruptcy court. Eventually we'll be down to a couple airlines, and they'll raise fares to the moon because there is no more competition left. Oh, forget that... there's always some megalomaniacal billionaire willing to throw a few hundred million into starting a new airline.

Posted by: Jorge Orwell | February 3, 2006 6:36 PM

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