Senate Subcommittee Investigates Airline Bag, Seat Fees

Begins probe into additional fees imposed by five major airlines.

The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations launched a probe this week into airlines’ use of fees for baggage, seat selection, and other services, requesting a detailed breakdown of the purpose and revenue collected from each fee. Chairman of the subcommittee Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut sent letters to the chief executives of American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, and Frontier Airlines, requesting compliance with the subcommittee’s probe.

“U.S. airlines increasingly charge ancillary fees that obscure the actual cost of air travel,” Senator Blumenthal said in the letters. “These itemized fees are often not disclosed to customers until well into the ticket purchasing process or after a ticket has been purchased, making it difficult for customers to know the true, total cost of a ticket and comparison shop prior to purchase.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Senator Blumenthal and his colleagues as they seek answers from the airline executives on the excess fees.
  • For members of the subcommittee as they investigate the various fees that are tacked onto airline ticket prices.
  • For safety for all Americans who are traveling with week.

Sources: Reuters, NY Post

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