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Mad about airline fees petition: Almost 50,000 so far

The petition drive at www.MadAsHellAboutHiddenFees.com appears to be achieving its purpose of letting the U.S. Department of Transportation know what air travelers think of the need for more transparency in airline pricing of fees. So far today, almost 50,000 people from across the country have signed the petititon, sponsored by three groups (see post below for more detail), that will be submitted to DOT today, the deadline for comments on its proposed fee rulemaking.

Mad about airline fees petition: Almost 50,000 so far

The petition drive at www.MadAsHellAboutHiddenFees.com appears to be achieving its purpose of letting the U.S. Department of Transportation know what air travelers think of the need for more transparency in airline pricing of fees. So far today, almost 50,000 people from across the country have signed the petititon, sponsored by three groups (see post below for more detail), that will be submitted to DOT today, the deadline for comments on its proposed fee rulemaking.

In some ways, there may be complex technical issues involved in the way airlines let customers know how much fees add to the cost of a ticket. This Businessweek piece is a bit tedious but helps explain some of the background issues -- it all comes down to how much airlines want to control how you buy a ticket, as a way to control how much you pay for it.    

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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