US clamps down on airline fees

True cost of a ticket must be easily visible

The true cost of a ticket must be easily visible to consumers, the US Transportation Department will soon order. In new rules it is preparing, US airlines must show all extra fees for baggage and other basic services.

Costs for additional charges at all points of sale, including online purchases, will have to be clear, the proposed regulations say. The rules will build on regulations already issued in 2009 and 2011.

Online sites providing flight searches, like Google and Kayak, will also have to show specific ticket-cost information.


[pictured: Check-in at American Airlines’ terminal at New York JFK]