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Dept of Transportation Suspends Public Comments on Two Measures

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has suspended public comment on two proposed consumer-protection measures that the Obama administration put forward during its last months in office. One measure simply requested comments in order to help the Department determine if it should regulate the common airline practice of offering less information to travel vendors such as Expedia, Hotels.com, and Travelocity than they do on the airlines’ own websites. The DOT also suspended the final process for a proposed rule that would require airlines and travel agents to disclose fees for carry-on and checked bags. If enacted, the rule would mean that carriers couldn’t show a ticket price on a web interface, then only later in the sales process show fees for baggage. The actions by the DOT suspend its collection of public comments. (Trump’s DOT suspends comment periods for two Obama measures By Robert Silk Travel Weekly, March 02, 2017.)

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