On January 19, 2017, the US Department of Transportation ("DOT") published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("SNPRM"), which proposes to require air carriers, foreign air carriers, and ticket agents to clearly disclose to consumers fee information for a first checked bag, a second checked bag and one carry-on bag wherever fare and schedule information is provided to consumers. Under this SNPRM, covered carriers and ticket agents would be required to disclose, adjacent to the fare, the baggage fee information at the first point in a search process where a fare is listed in connection with a specific flight itinerary. In addition, the DOT proposes to require carriers to provide certain baggage fee information to ticket agents so that both carriers and ticket agents would be able to provide customer-specific baggage fee information to consumers. Comments to this SNPRM should be filed by March 20, 2017. Late-filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable.
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