by Michael J. Shapiro | May 07, 2014
In a strongly worded letter to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, travel industry leaders urged the Senate to reject the House bill known as the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 (H.R. 4156). "This airline-inspired bill would reverse a critically important U.S. Department of Transportation rule adopted in 2012 as a cure to opaque and misleading airline advertising," the letter states. "This proposed legislation would reduce price transparency, harm consumers with higher prices-paid, and undermine DOT’s authority to safeguard consumers from unfair and deceptive practices. ... Congress should be evaluating policies to strengthen DOT’s consumer-protection authority, not ways to eviscerate it." The letter was signed by representatives of 75 travel-industry companies.