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Dems’ bill targets ‘ridiculous’ airline fees as holiday travel ramps up
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Lawmakers led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., reintroduced legislation Thursday to try and combat "unfair and exorbitant fees" that they say passengers face for basic airline services.
The Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous Fees, or FAIR Fees Act aims to limit fees placed on services such as checked bags, seat selection and ticket changes. The legislation also directs the Department of Transportation to review other fees imposed by carriers.
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"Airlines should not be able to gouge passengers just because they need to check a couple of bags or charge an extra fee just to print a ticket," Markey said during a press briefing Thursday. "It should not cost more to cancel or change an airline reservation than the original cost of the ticket."