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Misleading Airline Ads Closer to Returning as House Passes 'Transparency Act'

July 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM | by | ()

We've been keeping you up to date on the Department of Transportation's battle with the airline industry over the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, most recently explaining why we are backing the DOT and calling for the rejection of the Act.

On Monday, Congress voted to pass the Act, which would allow airlines to advertise rates online and in print with asterisks that do not include taxes and extra fees.

Much of the media coverage has been quite critical of the decision, pointing out that 1) the name of the bill is misleading because the Act would actually reduce the transparency of ticket prices and 2) Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster, who introduced the Act, owes much of his campaign contributions to United Airlines, Atlas Air, Airlines for America, and Delta.

The bill now moves on to the Senate and, if passed, to President Obama to sign or veto.

[Photo: CTA; Altered by Jaunted]

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