Making the airlines show baggage fees, real fares

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    The U.S. Department of Transportation has been cracking down on carriers, slapping them with fines for everything from nondisclosure of fees to tarmac delays.

    A more activist U.S. Transportation Department, which set a record in 2011 for the number of fines it issued against airlines for violating aviation consumer protection rules, appears to have maintained its momentum this past year.

    In 2012, the department issued 49 fines for consumer rule violations and assessed $3,610,000 in penalties, exceeding the previous record of 47 fines and $3,264,000 in penalties issued in 2011.
    Among its most significant actions: policing new rules that require airlines and travel agencies to quote a full fare and disclose baggage fees, and fining the first foreign airline for a tarmac delay.

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