Headline RoundupMay 16th, 2024

Airlines Sue to Block Biden Administration’s Rule on Disclosing Hidden Fees

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Major U.S. airlines are bringing a lawsuit against the Biden administration, aiming to stop a rule set to take effect from July 1 that would require airlines to disclose "hidden junk fees" upfront during the airfare booking process. 

The Details: The proposed rule would mandate airlines to reveal additional costs, such as baggage charges and cancellation fees, upfront when the airfare is first shown. Airlines argue that the proposed regulation oversteps the Transportation Department's authority and that they already make significant efforts to inform customers about these fees.

For Context: This administrative decision comes amidst increasing customer frustration over unexpected fees tacked onto the prices of airline tickets. 

Key Quotes: The airlines said in a statement that the Transportation Department’s “attempt to regulate private business operations in a thriving marketplace is beyond its authority,” adding, “the ancillary fee rule by the Department of Transportation will greatly confuse consumers who will be inundated with information that will only serve to complicate the buying process.” A spokesperson for the Transportation Department stated, “We will vigorously defend our rule protecting people from hidden junk fees and ensuring travelers can see the full price of a flight before they purchase a ticket.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum reporting on the lawsuit similarly. The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) noted that the junk fee law is estimated by the Transportation Department to save passengers more than $500 million per year. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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