U.S. House passes Transparent Airfares Act of 2014

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    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would reverse a Department of Transportation (DOT) rule requiring airlines to include taxes in displayed airfares. The proposed legislation will make fares look about 20% cheaper because the share the federal government and airports’ pocket for taxes and fees will not be included in the advertised price until you are on the checkout page. The bill passed on Monday by voice vote with bipartisan support; there was no objection raised to passing the legislation. The U.S. Senate would still have to pass the bill and President Barack Obama would have to sign it to officially overturn the DOT rule. So far there is no comparison bill in the Senate, which is controlled by the Democratic party. However, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has introduced legislation that would do the opposite of the House measure. It would turn the current regulations into law, and double to $55,000 daily fines imposed for violating the requirement. The chief sponsor of the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 is Bill Shuster, a Republican from Pennsylvania. In a previous article I wrote back in April, I outlined how much United Airlines and Delta have contributed to Shuster’s [...] The post U.S. House passes Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 appeared first on Fly2Travel.

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