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Given how much we have written about airline fees on this blog, I would remiss in not noting that today has been declared “Mad as Hell Day” by the folks at MadAsHellAboutHiddenFees.com. As CNN explains (‘Mad As Hell’ site unites hidden airline fee opponents, Sept 23), this issue is not the fees per se but the opacity with which they are presented that makes comparing fares across firms hard.
To mark the day, the American Society of Travel Agents, the Business Travel Coaliton and the Consumer Travel Alliance plan to submit a petition with thousands of signatures collected via MadAsHellAboutHiddenFees.com to the Department of Transportation in support of a proposed rule that would require airlines to clearly inform consumers about fees for optional services.
Thursday is the last day of a public comment period on a series of enhanced airline passenger protections proposed by the agency in June. The DOT expects to issue a final rule in spring 2011.