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July 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Airline fees: Just tell me what the bottom-line price is

Nancy Ohanian / Op Art

With regard to guest columnist Lee Moak’s opinion piece [“The hidden fees in an airline ticket,” Opinion, July 16], there is way too much spin and disinformation contained.

For instance: “In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation made a little known rule change that requires airlines to hide government taxes and fees within the advertised price of a ticket.” Or is it true that what they did was to inform the paying public what the true cost of that flight was going to be? Moak tries to compare buying a ticket to any taxable purchase.

The plain truth, Moak, is that you are collaborating in a shameful ruse to hide the fact that the “tax” at the end of this transaction is sometimes 25 to 50 percent of the price of the ticket itself. Nothing like buying a book and being charged a straight sales tax percentage. If the overall price scares off the consumer, then the consumer is genuinely concerned about the final price, the one that appears on his or her credit card. And that is what you should be concerned with.

The flying public is slowly but surely getting sick and tired of being dollared and 10-dollared to death with fuel surcharges, baggage fees, overhead bin fees, peanut fees, blanket fees. When I fly from Point A to Point B, I want to know what the bottom-line price is.

Alan Zelt, Kenmore

Comments | More in aviation | Topics: airlines, Alan Zelt, FAA

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