The GOP has quietly swept a bill through committee without any actual input from the public. It's called the "Transparent Airfare Act of 2014", and it's touted as lowering ticket prices so more people will fly.
But this is brought to you by the same variety of people who fought in court to have the "right to lie", and that's what it's actually about: The airlines want to be able to tell you the price for the ticket before all the various taxes and fees are added -- then when you decide to buy one, the real total is what you pay:
Their argument?:...would the cost of your ticket actually go down with the law? Nope.
Instead, the proposed law would remove government consumer protections by allowing an airline to initially claim that its tickets cost less than they actually do. Press the "buy" button online for the deceptively low airfare, and all taxes and mandatory fees would be added to your bill.
So it comes down to a right to lie: they want the special privilege, unlike any other federally regulated business (think gas prices), to post a "price" that is less than you'd be paying, but then stick you with the whole sum.Mitchell says that, privately, airline lobbyists are pitching this as an economic stimulus bill to boost travel and tourism. The industry says there's greater consumer demand when a lower base price is presented first.
The bill does have some Democrats on the sponsors list. But it's probably too much to hope they'll push some common sense and require airlines to list not just their price, but the breakdown, so customers will be able to tell what they're paying and to whom.