Spirit Airlines loses challenge to federal rule requiring display of total cost of ticket
Passengers booking Spirit Airlines flights tickets now no longer need to worry anymore as the airline will be displaying the total cost of a ticket.
Spirit Airlines recently disclosed that it lost a challenge to federal rules mandating all the carriers across the United States to prominently display the entire cost of a ticket, including taxes, while they are advertising their airfares. Southwest Airlines also lost the challenge.
Both the carriers’ contention was rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington in a 2-1 decision. The two carriers which jointly filed a petition had contended that the rules violated their rights to engage in commercial and political speech. They also contended that by imposing its decision the government has also tried to hide its taxes in airfares. A lawsuit being consolidated by that of Spirit Airlines was also filed by Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Co.
Ever since 2006 the U.S. Department of Transportation was considering a policy change regarding fare advertising, which was finally issued in April 2011.