NCL applauds Sen. Rockefeller for investigating airline fees

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  1. Newscience

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    This effort appears to be gaining momentum in the US Congress, as CNN news today (September 1, 2014) also contained a news bulletin about this investigation continuing.

    NCL applauds Sen. Rockefeller for investigating airline fees

    Posted by NCL Communications - August, 2014

    August 20, 2014
    For immediate release: August 20, 2014
    Contact: Ben Klein, National Consumers League,, (202) 835-3323[​IMG](202) 835-3323
    Washington, DC—The National Consumers League, the nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization, today applauded Senator Jay Rockefeller for opening an inquiry into airline passenger fees and consumer data privacy policies.
    Last year, NCL published a groundbreaking report examining the troubling correlation between rising cancellation/change fees, the high cost of refundable tickets and the misleading marketing of travel insurance products. Among the recommendations in the report was a call for Congressional oversight hearings to examine these issues. NCL is therefore particularly encouraged by Senator Rockefeller’s request for information from ten major U.S. airlines about cancellation and change fees and travel insurance revenues.
    The following statement is attributable to Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League (NCL) Executive Director:
    “Consumers are fed up with the ever-growing list of add-on fees that airlines are piling on top of basic airfares. These fees are contributing to record airline industry profits at a time when consumers’ travel budgets remain strapped due to the sluggish economic recovery. To make matters worse, many of these fees are poorly disclosed and the sale of travel of travel insurance and the coverage it provides is deceptively advertised. This makes comparison-shopping all but impossible for millions of American travelers. We applaud Senator Rockefeller for launching this important investigation and look forward to a robust accounting of the impact of these fees and deceptive insurance products on consumers.”
    About the National Consumers League: The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America's pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit
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  2. traveltoomuch

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    Did anyone else read "NCL" as "Norwegian Cruise Lines"?
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  3. Max M

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    Yup-- that's exactly what I was thinking as well! :D
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  5. blackjack-21

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    It's commendable that someone is opening an inquiry into all the extra fees and insurance charges and coverage for travelers, but does anyone really think that this will change anything or cause the airlines to reduce or remove most of the excesses?

    Perhaps they should have looked more closely at some of the ramifications that the mega-mergers of the airlines have brought about, PRIOR to approving them so easily. Both consumers and employees lose out in the long run, regardless of the promises made at the time. Routes lost or cut, flights packed, employees laid off or disgruntled because of squabbling over seniority rules, and consumers pay higher prices+fees for sardine can seating with less choices of different airlines to fly, all with the loss of competition.
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    I doubt any real change will come of this, but it doesn't hurt that they are at least looking into the fees. I'm sure a lot of the airlines will site the costs associate d for them for changing the fees and the need for revenue.
  7. satman40

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    Someone needs to look into some of the fees Congress is receiving,seems everyone of them leaves with a rich investment portfolio, filed with stock they voted to benefit.

    To say nothing of the speaking, fees, and assignments many of them receive after retiring.

    Thank God someone is looking out for the taxpayers interest.
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