The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia reports that Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., this week introduced a bill called the Airline Passenger Protection Bill because he reportedly wants airlines to inform passengers upfront how much ancillary fees will cost in addition to the airfare, and he wants taxes levied to airlines on at least some of those fees. Currently, airlines only pay a 7.5 percent excise tax on airfares only, but pay no taxes on ancillary fees charged to passengers.
The Airline Passenger Protection Bill is intended to:
- Improve transparency about ancillary fees
- Charge taxes on baggage fees
- Make airlines keep track of how often they lose your bags, and then publicly disclose that information
It would also give the Aviation Consumer Protection division of the Department of Transportation authorization to oversee claims for lost or stolen baggage.