The House Takes Action to Restore Airfare Transparency

Btpn2ltCcAAR7GxToday, the U.S. House of Representatives took action to restore airfare transparency by passing the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 (H.R. 4156). The bill overturns the 2012 regulation, instituted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) that prohibits airfare advertisements from providing full disclosure of government imposed taxes and fees on the actual cost of an airline ticket. This misguided policy effectively hid the magnitude of government imposed taxes and fees from consumers, which typically constitute 21 percent of the total ticket cost, hurting our passengers’ wallets, U.S. airlines, and airline workers.

We commend Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) for his strong leadership and applaud the House for its diligent work to advance this important legislation.

H.R. 4156 restores airfare transparency by allowing consumers to see the full breakdown of their ticket costs. At a time when U.S. airlines are forced to compete with foreign carriers on an unlevel playing field, this common sense legislation will help secure a future for the hundreds of thousands of jobs that the U.S. airline industry supports.  We urge the Senate to follow suit so that consumers will have the benefit of knowing exactly where their hard-earned dollars are going.

Click here to read our press release

ALPA Applauds House Actions to Restore Airfare Transparency

Click here to learn more about H.R. 4156

H.R. 4156: Transparent Airfares Act of 2014


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1 Response to The House Takes Action to Restore Airfare Transparency

  1. Martino says:

    I’m not sure I understand the true purpose of this bill. It would appear Congress is embarassed by the taxes it charges on air tickets? If so, then just reduced or eliminate the 7.5 % US domestic transportation tax for starters. They’ve let it lapse before during government shut downs, so perhaps it’s not that important a tax. But let’s not focus only on taxes as the airlines have to work on their transparency as well. Congress should require airlines to provide proof to passengers that those collected ticket taxes were, in fact, sent to the government and also provide proof of what happens to those taxes if the ticket goes unused. Congress should also ban the ability of airlines to tack on fuel “surcharges” as an additional cost to the base airfare. Fuel surcharges are a complete mystery. Airlines should be required to include all elements of transportation costs in the base airfare including the cost of fuel.

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