Most of the public know that the system is rigged for the rich and very rich. Not only do they fly in luxury on their own schedules, but they only pay a fraction of their air traffic control costs. And, as the new air traffic organization is being debated these corporate bigwigs have come out in force against any change. They like their cozy inexpensive system and don’t want any changes for which they have to pay.
The report from Department of Transportation (DOT) sounds dramatic — DOT statistics airlines are bumping fewer passengers than any time since 1995. Travelers United congratulates the airlines, but there are too many passengers being paid off by the airlines when they sell seats they don’t have on a plande. Plus, plenty of other problems need fixing like overcrowding, delays, outrageous change and cancellation fees, and more.
Hidden hotel “resort fees” are a comparison shopper’s nightmare. These extra charges can cover everything from gym access and “free” internet to local phone calls and even towels. Often such fees are mandatory, meaning they are added to the bill regardless of whether the traveler uses the service or facility in question. The result is to mislead customers about the true cost of a night’s stay. In large cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, resort fees have jumped by 70% in six months.
Delta Air Lines and Air France/KLM are already in an unholy alliance called SkyTeam. That alliance, while approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT), is part of DOT’s alliance and joint venture efforts that have been fought against by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for years. Now, the airlines are making their financial entanglements stronger than ever. Travelers United thinks they are too strong and that they have become defacto merged airlines and need to be assessed as such.
Yesterday in the Senate Appropriations Committee members voted against the desires and benefit of their constituents by approving an increase in airport taxes that will add $32 to the average price of every airline ticket in America. This a $3.2 billion tax hike on every American who takes a flight in the US if it is approved by the full Senate and Congress.
Stop taxing passengers for using airports. Tax the surrounding communities who benefit from airports, too. TO: Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee SUBJECT: CONSUMERS WANT […]
Most Americans don’t realize that getting a bill passed through Congress (already a major accomplishment) is not enough. The executive department responsible for writing the regulations defining the legislation still must do their part before the laws can be enforced. DOT has been asleep at the switch. First, they did nothing during the last six months of the Obama administration. And now, the Trump administration has been AWOL for the first six months of this administration. Two major consumer protections are stuck in DOT Neverland — baggage fee refunds and families sitting together.
As the debate about reform of the air traffic control (ATC) system continues, those against changing the system are simply not accepting reality. Congress must remove the ATC operations from government control. After almost two decades of inaction and more money spent that was dedicated to sending a man to the moon, America still has a system mired in 1960’s technology.
ATC business support is critical for change The final vote is coming up for the FAA Reauthorization bill this September. Many of the organizations that […]
Congress is trying to pass yet another Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, a rare opportunity to help airline passengers by enacting meaningful consumer protections. It’s fast-moving legislation that may be all but decided by the time you read this. But the drafts of both the House and Senate bills offer a flight plan for air travelers during the next six years.