The proposed legislation will make fares look about 20% cheaper because the share the federal government and airports’ pocket for taxes and fees will not be included in the advertised price until you are on the checkout page.
The bill passed on Monday by voice vote with bipartisan support; there was no objection raised to passing the legislation. The U.S. Senate would still have to pass the bill and President Barack Obama would have to sign it to officially overturn the DOT rule.
So far there is no comparison bill in the Senate, which is controlled by the Democratic party. However, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has introduced legislation that would do the opposite of the House measure. It would turn the current regulations into law, and double to $55,000 daily fines imposed for violating the requirement.
The chief sponsor of the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 is Bill Shuster, a Republican from Pennsylvania. In a previous article I wrote back in April, I outlined how much United Airlines and Delta have contributed to Shuster’s campaign.
Check out the top 5 contributors to Mr. Shuster’s campaign. Who is he really working for? The people of Pennsylvania and the United States at large or the big airline companies?
Bill Shuster’s Top 5 Contributors, 2013-2014 Campaign Committee
|Airlines for America||$16,700||$6,700||$10,000|
|Delta Air Lines||$13,500||$10,500||$3,000|
|American Trucking Assns||$12,500||$2,500||$10,000|
|United Continental Holdings||$12,000||$2,000||$10,000|
Bill Shuster’s Top 5 Industries, 2013 – 2014, Campaign Committee
|Building Materials & Equipment||$89,750||$25,250||$64,500|
|Oil & Gas||$89,600||$12,500||$77,100|
*Charts courtesy of OpenSecrets.org
And of course Airlines for America agree with Mr. Shuster, look how much they have contributed to his campaign.
I remember a few years ago airlines would advertise flights to Europe and Asia for like $300 round trip but once you got to the last page to pay, the price increased to $900. Why? because they added the taxes & fees that they weren’t required to post in the advertisement that you saw the “$300” quote on.