Consumer Protection

CFA Urges Senate Committee on Transportation to Oppose Amendment Which Would Obfuscate Air Travel Prices

In a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, CFA and other consumer groups are urging members to oppose any effort to replicate a House bill that seeks to revive the Orwellian-named Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 in the Senate. The amendment to H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016, which the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee accepted last week, is blatantly anti-consumer and serves no purpose other than to mislead consumers about the real price of air travel. The amendment would essentially reverse the 2011 Department of Transportation (DOT) Full Fare Advertising Rule, a consumer protection that mandates airlines to advertise tickets at the price that the consumer will pay.