Government to require airlines to better disclose fees

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it.

The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren’t included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they’ll cost.

The Transportation Department proposed Wednesday that passengers be provided detailed information on fees for a first checked bag, a second checked bag, advance seat assignments and carry-on bags.

The rules would apply whether passengers bought tickets on the phone, in person or online — and not just from airline websites. Airlines that want their tickets to remain available through travel agents and online ticketing services would have to provide them information on fees for basic services, too, something most have been reluctant to do.

The idea is to prevent consumers from being lured by low advertised airfares, only to be surprised later by high fees for services once considered part of the ticket price.

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