WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - The Obama Administration has announced new actions to spur competition in the airline industry, and to give consumers the information they need to make informed choices.
Tuesday, the Department of Transportation announced a series of new executive actions to help consumers know how airlines are performing, make sure consumers don't have to pay for services they don't receive, and help consumers find the best flight options.
That will create a more competitive market, with better outcomes for American consumers, the White House said.
The Transportation Department is releasing new final rules that will provide consumers more information and prohibit airlines from cherry-picking data about their performance.
In addition, DOT is conducting a separate rulemaking to explore protecting consumers from surprise fees.
The Department of Transportation is also releasing a Request for Information on whether airlines unfairly restrict access to schedule and fare information.
More than 700 million passengers are expected to board 9 million domestic airline flights in America this year.
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