US withdraws rules for disclosing the airlines baggage fees

Published on : Saturday, December 9, 2017

The United States Airline authorities are no longer required to disclose the hidden baggage fees, when the passengers start the ticket buying process at the counter or in online.



The US Department of Transportation announced this week that the government withdrew the plans to disclose the baggage fees.




The news coincides with Delta Air Lines’ announcement that the the authorities of Delta Airlines is going to start charging basic economy passengers baggage fees for flights after December 6th, 2017.




The US Department of Transportation, in following with the Trump administration’s general disdain for Obama-era policies, is withdrawing the rule that requires airlines to disclose fees, saying that they have “limited public benefit,” as first reported by The Hill.



The Obama administration proposed the rule would provide greater transparency for airline consumers. The move drew harsh criticism from Democratic members of Congress, some of whom called it a “reckless reversal” using Trump’s stance on government regulation as a guise to gift corporations more leeway to abuse the consumers.




The proposed rule would have forced all air carriers and ticket agents to show customers all baggage fees at every point during a purchase, including fees for checked bags and carry-ons.




Delta Airlines previously allowed the first checked bag on flights to Europe for free, but that will no longer apply for those who ride basic economy class in the flights.



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