In-Depth: Introduced by Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), the Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Act seeks to prevent burdensome fees from raising the cost of air travel for consumers:
“Airlines fees are as high as the planes passengers are traveling on, and it’s time to stop their rapid ascent. In recent years, fees and ticket prices have gone up despite the fact that gas prices and airline choices have gone down.”
“This measure will ground the soaring, gouging fees that contribute to airlines’ record profits and passengers’ rising pain,” said the bill’s sole cosponsor Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “With all the frills of flying already gone, airlines are increasingly resorting to nickel and diming consumers with outrageous fees.”
Several interest groups have come out in favor of this bill, including the: National Consumers League; National Association of Airline Passengers; Consumers Union; Consumers Action; Travelers United; Travelers’ Voice; U.S. Public Interest Group; and the Consumer Federation of America.
Of Note: In recent years, airlines have increasingly charged consumers fees for basic aviation services, including checking a bag and changing or canceling a flight reservation. A recent investigation by the minority staff of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee found that of the eight carriers the Committee queried three increased checked baggage fees by 67 percent between 2009 and 2014.
Summary by Lucas McConnell(Photo Credit: AlxneyPnferov / iStock)