Transparency negates the need for tighter airline rules

01/8/2012 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Wider fee-disclosure rules should suffice to protect air travelers from abuse regarding baggage and other optional airline fees instead of restrictive consumer-protection laws that only serve to cut profits and bring carriers closer to bankruptcy, writes National Geographic Traveler magazine ombudsman Christopher Elliott. "Informed travelers don't get scammed by airlines," Elliott writes. "And in a world where airlines, airports and passengers have access to good information, no one needs to be stranded on the tarmac."

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