Airlines dodge legislation aimed at curbing excessive fees
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has approved an aviation policy bill after a partisan fight over whether airlines are unfairly gouging consumers with fees for basic services like checked bags, seat assignments and ticket changes.
The Senate commerce committee approved by a voice vote a bill to continue the Federal Aviation Administration's authority to operate through Oct. 1, 2017. That authority is currently due to expire on March 31.
The committee's Democrats led by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., tried to add a provision to the bill to prohibit airlines from setting unreasonable fee prices and direct the Department of Transportation to establish what is reasonable.
The amendment failed on a tie, party-line vote.
Republicans said the provision would be burdensome for airlines and market forces should be allowed to determine fee prices.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
New Roads mayor resigns, pleads no contest to malfeasance charges
Flood victims approaching deadline to move out of FEMA trailers
1 dead, another hurt after attack in Ascension Thursday
'Mass illness' sickens hundreds after jambalaya fundraiser
Mayor announces crime-fighting collaboration with AmeriCorps