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Advertising: "free" tickets, disclosure of fees - September 4, 2003

About this Document

This notice is intended to give further guidance to air carriers and other sellers of air transportation on how those additional taxes, fees, and restrictions that are permitted to be listed separately from a fare quotation may be disclosed in advertisements.1 This guidance will be used by the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings in its compliance and enforcement activities associated with 14 CFR 399.84, the Department’s full fare advertising rule, and 49 U.S.C. 41712, which prohibits unfair and deceptive practices.

Regulatory Topic: Aviation Consumer Protection
Last updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011