Government Affairs DOT dumps proposed rule requiring bag-fee disclosure By Robert Silk / December 07, 2017 Share 1 -- The Department of Transportation (DOT) has put an end to two proposed consumer-protection measures for air travelers that were placed under consideration by the Obama administration. The move comes after the Dec. 1 end of a public process in which the DOT solicited comments from the public on regulations that they would like repealed or reviewed. In a notice dated Dec. 5, DOT secretary Elaine Chao stated that the department has withdrawn an Obama administration proposal to require airlines and ticket agents (including travel agents) to disclose fees for carry-on and checked bags from the beginning of a fare inquiry. The proposal was the final airline-related rulemaking process put forward by the DOT of Chao's predecessor, Anthony Foxx. If enacted, the rule would have meant that carriers couldn't display a ticket price, then only later in the sales process show fees for baggage.Public comment on the proposal had originally been scheduled to end on March 20 of last year, but early that month the Trump administration indefinitely suspended the rulemaking process to "allow the president's appointees to review and consider this action."In the most recent comment period for regulatory review, American was among the carriers that urged the DOT to kill the proposal for baggage-fee disclosure. "Airlines are in the business of selling air transportation as well as optional services, and they have every incentive to make information on these optional services available to consumers," the carrier said. Chao said that ending the rulemaking process is consistent with a Trump executive order from last January calling for a rollback of regulations and regulatory costs. ASTA, however, said that the proposal had been a step in the right direction. "ASTA believes strongly that withholding important airline information from consumers who engage the services of a professional travel advisor harms the traveling public, and that those who purchase their travel through agents should be as informed and empowered as those who buy directly from airlines," ASTA executive vice president of advocacy Eben Peck said in prepared remarks.In a separate notice dated Dec. 5, Chao put an end to a rulemaking process that had lingered on since 2011. The proposal would have required airlines to submit detailed data on ancillary fee revenue to the DOT four times per year. Consumer advocates and Southwest supported the proposal, saying it would increase transparency. But other airlines said it was unnecessary and would have been a cost burden. In explaining its rejection of the proposal, Chao said the department took the carriers' concerns about the burden such a rule would pose seriously.