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New Department of Transportation Rules Changes Help Airline Passengers

Lost luggage, over sold flights and delays are the bane of air travel; new Department of Transportation rules should help airline travelers notes airport accident lawyer Doug Landau of the Herndon Virginia ABRAMS LANDAU law firm
Lost luggage, over sold flights and delays are the bane of air travel; new Department of Transportation rules should help airline travelers notes airport accident lawyer Doug Landau of the Herndon Virginia ABRAMS LANDAU law firm

As a regular air traveler, Dulles area injury lawyer Doug Landau has had his share of lost luggage, oversold flights and complex airfares, taxes and airline “add on fees.” But good news for “frequent fliers” is on the way ! New rules from the Department of Transportation (“DOT”) went into effect last week that requires commercial air carriers to be more explicit about airfare fees and taxes as well as about advertising the full cost of things like meals, baggage and special seats.

According to the Wall Street Journal‘s Emily Glazer, “Consumers can finally see the true cost of a flight.” As a frequent air traveler, airport injury lawyer Landau cows how hard it can be to ascertain the ultimate cost of a flight. “An airline ticket is not inexpensive for average, ordinary citizens,” says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “They should know all the fees they’re being charged.”

Among the new provisions:

  • Carriers are “generally” prohibited from making post-purchase price increases.
  • Passengers can hold a reservation without payment, or cancel it without penalty, for 24 hours Continue reading