Power Breakfast: Government targets airline fees, jobless rate, governor’s race, lottery, BP, iPhone

The federal government may do something about airline fees.

Amid growing complaints from a flying public fed up with airline add-on fees, Congress and the Department of Transportation are considering new rules that could change how airlines charge for baggage, blankets, drinks and just about everything else these days, AJC staffer Bob Keefe reports.

“Hardly a weekend goes by in my travels that I am not asked by passengers, ‘Aren’t you going to do something about these fees?’ ” U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said at a hearing Wednesday. “Well, we’ve started.”

A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office indicated that the growing number of airline add-on fees can be confusing and misleading to consumers and ought to come with better disclosures, Keefe writes.

Airlines generated nearly $8 billion in revenues from baggage fees and reservation change and cancellation fees alone in the past two years, according to the GAO report.

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2 comments Add your comment

Ripoff fees

July 15th, 2010
1:20 pm

Hopefully the government orders airlines to stop charging these ripoff fees for bags and seating. I’m tired of paying these costs.

Rip Yourselfoff

July 16th, 2010
1:03 pm

Yeah, let the government set prices…..they can start with your company first. The more they intrude in the economy, the worse it gets. Maybe next, they can make one law making everyones salary $200,000 per year and another to guarantee happiness.