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Air travel groups hail Obama's consumer efforts

Three groups that represent airline customers have thanked President Obama in a letter for his administration doing more for their interests than any in recent years. The groups, including the Radnor-based Business Travel Coalition, led a petition drive sent to the Department of Transportation in support of a proposed rule requiring airlines to provide better information to customers about all the fees they charge and what the full, true cost of a trip is going to be, before they buy a ticket. The petitition drive, under the banner www.MadAsHellAboutHiddenFees.com, generated 64,000 signatures. Read a little more, with a link to the letter, here.

Air travel groups hail Obama's consumer efforts

Three groups that represent airline customers have thanked President Obama in a letter for his administration doing more for their interests than any in recent years. The groups, including the Radnor-based Business Travel Coalition, led a petition drive sent to the Department of Transportation in support of a proposed rule requiring airlines to provide better information to customers about all the fees they charge and what the full, true cost of a trip is going to be, before they buy a ticket. The petitition drive, under the banner www.MadAsHellAboutHiddenFees.com, generated 64,000 signatures. Read a little more, with a link to the letter, here.  

In related news, support for greater transparency in airline pricing also came from U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who is sponsor of legislation that would require much the same as what the DOT rule would.Read about that, and other support for the idea from former American Airlines CEO Robert Crandall, at this link. 

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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