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Stakeholders express concern about the proposed requirement for U.S. Department of Transportation to require first-page search results in its rulemaking on ancillary fee transparency.

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Laura Chadwick (Travel Tech’s President and CEO) presented a coalition letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation hearing on the proposed “Enhancing Transparency of Airline Ancillary Services Fees” regulation. The letter was signed by U.S. Travel and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as the American Society of Travel Advisors, Global Business Travel Association, Hopper and Sabre. They expressed their concerns about the proposed rule’s requirement for first-page results. Chadwick stated in her testimony that the letter “demonstrates the many stakeholders who have issues with this part” of the proposed rule. Recently, the Computer & Communications Industry Association joined the letter as a signed party.
In their written comments, these organizations explained how the mandatory inclusion on the first page of search results of information about ancillary fees would negatively impact consumers. In a letter sent by Chadwick to the Department, they ask for flexibility and innovation to be allowed in how ancillary fees are presented to consumers as long as this information is provided early in the purchasing process.
Read the full letter. The post Key Stakeholders Express concern about U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed first-page search results requirement in Ancillary fee Transparency Rulemaking appeared on Travel Technology.