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Why the Trump administration has enraged flyers across America

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Petey Pablo

As a consumer, I just love having limited information, few options and no negotiating power! Thanks Donnie!
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For your next trick, can you please make sure every tank of gas we buy comes with a $35 surcharge and a swift kick in the crotch?
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Much appreciated,
America

jouris in reply to gossypol

It's pretty simple, really. The number one reason for Trump to do anything is to reverse something that Obama did. Merit, facts, etc. -- totally irrelevant. Anti-Obama may be the one and only consistent policy priority for the entire administration.

pskils in reply to Tom Silo

Of course you are entitled to your opinion, but the evidence doesn't support it in this instance. More regulation in Europe of the issues discussed in the article has led to increased competition and lower airfares there. The relatively less regulated US airlines already offer poor value in comparison, and fares are rising because of Trump, who is a moron according to the secretary of state he appointed.

Melissia

Merits don't matter for this administration; if Obama did it, it's bad-- everything else is irrelevant.

pskils

With air rage among passengers at record high levels, this latest abomination from the Trump administration looks set to make flying even more of an ordeal. Unless of course, as the Trump set does, one flies in the most expensive seats or a privately-owned jet. And why would the financial elite care what the common man has to endure? A good chunk of the proletariat, it seems, will vote for Trump even though he's removing their healthcare, defunding their children's education, doing nothing about the nation's crumbling bridges and roads, taking away their national parks, ripping up environmental safeguards, increasing their tax burden, and that's just the start of it.

A. Andros

Flying is an ordeal.
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The seats are tiny, the aisles impassable, the food inedible, the service lousy. (In due course one expects that an airliner will catch fire on the ground and evacuation fail because of inaccessible exists -- I hope the wrongful death suits put the airline out of business.)
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It has been lousy since Bush and Obama and now it is lousy under Trump.
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A fee for checking one's baggage? Non-cancellable tickets? Bumping? Blood-clot inducing tiny seats? Passengers man-handled and dragged off the plane? Locked in a cabin for hours because of "weather-related problems?" Canceled flights when the cabin is not sold-out? Monopolistic carriers (e.g. Delta at Atlanta and Minneapolis) that leave one with no choice but to pay through the nose?
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Where were George and Barak when all of this was going down?
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Yeah, Trump may make things worse. But, most of it happened during George and Barry's watch. In response, both parties (thoroughly bought and sold) have done nothing.
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Damn BOTH parties!

Tokarian

It's such a shame that Obama didn't have the foresight to pass a law making it illegal to pass a law to throw the 45th president of the USA under a fast moving bus. Most sane people would not have been affected by such a law but for the obnoxious, racist, orange moron with his knee-jerk obsession to contradict every single thing Obama approved it would have been a convenient way to eliminate the scum.

Zouf in reply to Tom Silo

I don't know what "snowflake legislation" means for you (I assume it's legislation that Trump's administration does not agree with), but I believe it is fair commercial practice to demand fare transparency up-front, particularly for fare elements that would otherwise only become visible once the consumer attempts to check-in. There is limited inconvenience for the airlines - once their ticketing systems have been updated to provide the information (which is the case now), there are no further costs, unless of course they provide incorrect information. I don't see how fares would go down if such regulations were abolished.

MoJos in reply to Petey Pablo

"For your next trick, can you please make sure every tank of gas we buy comes with a $35 surcharge and a swift kick in the crotch?"

Hey! That's what makes America great again...

At least for masochists.

gossypol

So ... why has the Trump administration enraged flyers? Just because they can? Just to be assholes? Why, pray tell?

CaptainRon

“The department is committed to protecting consumers from hidden fees and to ensuring transparency. However, we do not believe that departmental action is necessary to meet this objective at this time.” In other words lip service.

justiceforall

While most G20 countries increase consumer protection, in this industry and have consumer bills of rights, this current administration is hell-bent on rolling it back - especially, if Obama had anything to do with it.

Tom Silo

Really? The Economist is really, I mean R.E.A.L.L.Y?!?! Advocating precious snowflake legislation? The problem is companies are given hefty fines and so have to be 100% correct on this. Whereas some people are so stupid and lazy they can't be bothered checking flight costs. IMHO, better let the dumb and lazy fly less while the rest of us pay less for flights due to less regulation.