In the 12-month period ended in June, the nation's top 10 airlines collected more than
So it's no surprise the airline industry opposes a move by the U.S. Department of Transportation to mandate that all airlines offer refunds of the fees when your bags are lost or delayed.
What's interesting are the objections raised by the Air Transport Assn., the trade group that represents most of the nation's largest airlines.
In comments filed with the federal agency last week, the association said each airline should have the choice of offering a refund, depending on competition in the marketplace.
Only a few airlines, including
The airline group also said it opposed the refund idea because a government mandate like this would only raise fares for everyone, including people who don't check bags.
Finally, the association said a refund won't work because the requirement for "timely delivered" bags is a "subjective standard" and would "not account for varying conditions."
The DOT said it hadn't included a definition of a timely delivered bag, leaving that up to the airlines and the public to suggest.
"Furthermore," he added, "a bag not making a connection with a passenger should not be an excuse. If a passenger can make the connection, this is proof that the bag could have made the connection as well."
The DOT hopes to adopt a rule by spring.
Six months ago, the DOT began to enforce a new rule that allows the agency to fine airlines that leave passengers stranded on the tarmac for more than three hours.
Since the law took effect, a handful of airplanes have been reported as being stuck beyond that limit, but the DOT has not yet fined any carrier.
However, the DOT fined
The case dates from
But because the planes sat on the tarmac more than three hours,
If high fees and long delays at airports are getting you down,
Beer, house wine and "brand liquors" will be
complimentary at the domestic lounges, but you must pay for premium
wines and liquors. Club membership costs as much as
American isn't the first airline to give away booze at its airport lounges. Free drinks are also offered at most Delta Sky Club and US Airways Club lounges, among others.
Although the offer is indefinite, an
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