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Transparency in Travel

By Linda Tancs

The dizzying array of airline charges can confound even the most seasoned traveler:  second bag charge, security fee, fuel surcharge, exit row fee, holiday surcharge, food and beverage charges, tax, etc.   What’s worse, you often don’t know what you’re getting yourself into until you hit the ‘pay’ button and that ‘cheap’ fare turns into something quite unexpected.  For those who have long wished for an itemized list of those dreaded add-ons prior to checkout, your salvation may be at hand.  A New Jersey senator has proposed the Clear Airfares Act of 2009, a bill intended to require airlines and ticket agents to notify consumers of all fees related to a fare in a timely manner.  The bill has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for further action.  Stay tuned.

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