November 17, 2017
    Let passengers know how wide the seats are, and other travel-related recommendations

    Transportation Dept. also suggests fees not be hidden from consumers


    Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane's seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday the Associated Press reports.

    The Transportation Department's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections also recommended that hotels be required to include any mandatory fees in their room rates. Customers report they weren't informed of such charges when they booked their rooms. The panel's recommendation on hotels was directed to the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating such so called drip pricing.

    Also, the four-member panel heard aid the Transportation Department should require the fees be spelled out clearly so that passengers are informed before a ticket purchase, the panel said.

    The panel also recommended that the Transportation Department permit airlines to choose whether to allow passengers to make wireless voice calls from planes during flights.

    For more on the panel, read the AP report here.

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