Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 shouldn’t be cleared for takeoff

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    The good news for airline passengers is that technology has made booking a flight easier than ever. The bad news? It’s becoming harder and harder to determine the bottom-line cost of an airline ticket. Worse yet, a new bill making its way through Congress would make things much worse.

    The ironically titled Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 would make airfares more opaque, not more transparent. This legislation was rushed through the U.S. House of Representatives with no hearings, no public debate, and no calls for comments.

    The problem with the proposed legislation is that it would reverse the Full Fare Advertising Rule, implemented by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2012. This regulation requires airlines to advertise the total price consumers will pay, inclusive of all mandatory taxes and fees levied by federal, state, and local governments, as well as airport authorities. But if this bill becomes law, airlines would be able to advertise a fare that's significantly lower than the price you'll really pay. You would find out the full price only at the very end of the booking process.

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