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Schumer Goes After The Airlines – Again

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | July 21, 2015

Schumer Goes After The Airlines – Again

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Whatever your politics, there’s no denying that U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) has been an advocate for airline passenger rights.

He has lobbied for screening of airline employees, ripped the IATA for its recent proposal for new carry-on luggage sizes and, most recently, urged the Department of Justice to investigate possible airline collusion.

Now he’s going after the airlines again.

Schumer wants a federal investigation into airlines that refuse to allow third-party websites such as online travel agencies (OTAs) to market their fares. The senator is asking for transparency across the board so that consumers can see all their pricing options when trying to book a flight.

Schumer told the New York Post the practice could cost travelers $6 billion a year in higher fares, although it is unknown where he came up with that figure.

"The idea of comparison shopping is running into a lot of turbulence," he told the paper, adding that if the practice continues, OTAs like Expedia and Kayak “might be gone in a year or two.”

Lufthansa was the most recent airline to move away from third-party sites, announcing it would charge a fee of 16 euros to customers who booked flights on the airline who did not book directly on Lufthansa’s website.


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