I need your help.
Please take a moment and consider signing this petition now.
The airline industry is pushing Congress to pass a deceptively-named Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. It’s the most consumer-hostile piece of legislation I’ve seen in years, and it must be stopped.
And it can be stopped — if enough passengers speak up.
The cynically named Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 can only hurt consumers.
The law would undo regulations the Department of Transportation implemented in 2012 that require airlines to disclose in their advertising the total price of tickets, including federal taxes and fees that help pay for air traffic control, airport security and other parts of the national air travel system.
Don’t take their word for it. Here’s my column in the Washington Post, in which I describe life under “transparent” airfares:
As soon as the bill is passed, airlines will be able to advertise an initial price that’s between 15 and 20 percent lower than the price you’ll pay. Only at the end of the booking process, when you get ready to pay, would the full price, including taxes, be revealed.
Privately, airlines have been pitching this to Congress as an economic stimulus, arguing that passengers are likelier to book fares they believe to be cheaper, say critics.
I believe you should know the full price of any item up front — not at the end of a tedious booking process, as a “gotcha.”
If you agree with me, please sign the petition now. The Senate is considering a companion bill, which would virtually ensure that “transparent” fares become a reality. Every second counts.