Friday, 21 February 2014
Comments to the US Dept. of Transportation on airline pricing
I filed comments today with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) in two regulatory proceedings:
- Supporting a complaint by Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman against the Spanish airline Air Europa for misrepresenting airline-imposed surcharges on New York-Madrid flights as government-imposed "taxes" [background here], and
- Opposing a request by the international airline cartel IATA to replace impersonal airfare tariffs with personalized pricing of airline tickets [background here].
It shouldn't require complaints and interventions by private individuals to get DOT to enforce Federal truth-in-advertising laws and requiring airlines to operate as common carriers. The need for public vigilance and participation in these proceedings is symptomatic of DOT's continued laxity in fulfilling its consumer protection duties.Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 21 February 2014, 16:03 ( 4:03 PM) | TrackBack (0)