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Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees

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This Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) proposes to require air carriers, foreign air carriers, and ticket agents to clearly disclose to consumers at all points of sale customer-specific fee information, or itinerary-specific information if a customer elects not to provide customer-specific information, for a first checked bag, a second checked bag, and one carry-on bag wherever fare and schedule information is provided to consumers.  This SNPRM further proposes to require each covered carrier to provide useable, current, and accurate (but not transactable) baggage fee information to all ticket agents that receive and distribute the carrier’s fare and schedule information, including Global Distribution Systems and metasearch entities.  On covered carrier and ticket agent websites, the SNPRM would require the baggage fee information to be disclosed at the first point in a search process where a fare is listed in connection with a specific flight itinerary, adjacent to the fare.  The SNPRM would permit carriers and ticket agents to allow customers to opt-out of receiving the baggage fee information when using their websites.

Last updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2017