Thursday, January 26, 2012

Spirit Airlines fights back against Transportation Department rules

Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is fighting back alongside new Department of Transportation advertising rules that require airlines to include obligatory taxes and fees in all advertised fare quotations. The airline has founded a website, claiming that the government is attempting to "hide" taxes within the price of an airplane ticket.

Thanks to the U.S. Department of Transportation's latest fare rules, Spirit must now HIDE the government's taxes and fees in your fares, reads the landing page of If the government can hide taxes in your airfares, then they can carry out their hidden agenda and quietly boost their taxes.

Spirit normally boasts exceptionally low fares but charges fliers for carry-on baggage, in-flight refreshments and printing boarding passes at the gate, among other items. The new regulations require all airlines to include mandatory taxes and fees in the price of every advertised fare, thus making them more thoughtful of the final cost of the ticket. Airlines may still provide a breakdown of each tax and surcharge that make up a ticket's final cost prior to purchasing. New DOT rules also need providing information about potential baggage and amenity fees on the first screen that shows price quotes for a specific travel itinerary.

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