Another delay for proposed rule on display of ancillaries

By Kate Rice
A week after consumer groups called for action, the Department of Transportation said that there has been another delay in the release of its Enhancing Consumer Protections III rulemaking, which is still under review by Office of Management and Budget.

The rule includes a requirement that airlines' ancillary fees be displayed in all sales channels.

The DOT said this week that the rule would be published shortly after an expected Oct. 19 clearance by the OMB.

The DOT sent the rule to OMB in April; normally such reviews take about 90 days, according to Paul Ruden, ASTA's senior vice president of legal and industry affairs.

Last week, consumer groups joined together and wrote OMB, urging it to release the rule, pointing out that DOT had proposed the rule back in 2011.

ASTA has been pressing the government to require airlines to make ancillary fees available in every channel where airlines sell tickets.

“We’re not saying they must sell through the GDSs, but if they do, that they make their ancillary fees available there,” said Ruden.
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