Groups Urge DOT to Promote Transparency of Ancillary Airline Fees, Including Baggage Fees, Change Fees, Cancellation Fees, and Family Seating Fees

CFA signed onto comments in response to the Department of Transportation’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to promote transparency of ancillary airline fees, including baggage fees, change fees, cancellation fees, and family seating fees). The groups support the DOT’s effort to expand consumers’ ability to make informed decisions about these critical fees but urge the DOT to take stronger steps to prevent abuses as disclosure is rarely a strong enough remedy. This would include requiring airlines to include all mandatory charges in the advertised “base fare,” prohibiting family seating fees altogether, and ensuring that airline fees are subject to regular review by the DOT.