Open Allies praises Supreme Court for action supporting consumer protections
April 1st, 2013
Coalition pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not review the D.C. Circuit Court’s rule on airline consumer regulations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the April 1 U.S. Supreme Court denial to review the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision on airline consumer regulations, Open Allies for Airfare Transparency praises the Court’s actions that shed light on the significance of consumer protections.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision supports the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ability to promulgate and enforce airline consumer protection regulations. Open Allies advocates for greater consumer protections that would protect consumers against hidden or poorly disclosed airline fees, allowing consumers to see, compare and buy the total cost of their airfare (fares+fees+taxes) in all channels where airfare is sold.
“The DOT has taken actions to protect consumers from the misleading tactics airlines use to display prices, taxes and fee information,” said David Kelly, executive director of Open Allies for Airfare Transparency. “The Supreme Court’s actions today uphold the DOT’s authority, we expect the DOT to move forward on their rulemaking to clarify how airline fees should be displayed and transacted.”
Open Allies for Airfare Transparency is a coalition of nearly 400 independent distributors and sellers of air travel, corporate travel departments, travel trade associations and consumer organizations that believe air travelers should be able to see, compare and buy the complete air travel product. That is, that all airline fares and fees should be transparent to, and purchasable by, the traveling public, enabling consumers to comparison shop for their fares on an “all-in” (fares+taxes+fees) “apples-to-apples” basis across airlines.