Airfare transparency should be part of a larger discussion

05/11/2014 |

Opinion writer Kathryn B. Creedy notes that consumers rarely know the final price for any item until the total is calculated at purchase, because most industries are not required to post prices that include taxes. "Consumers understand that the price they are quoted for a car, a washing machine, or even a hamburger does not include taxes, so why should airline tickets? Wouldn't consumer advocate energy be better spent on supporting legislation that encompasses these sectors and others that have opaque pricing strategies?," she writes.

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