H. R. 4156
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 29, 2014
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To amend title 49, United States Code, to allow advertisements and solicitations for passenger air transportation to state the base airfare of the transportation, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Transparent Airfares Act of 2014.
Advertisements and solicitations for passenger air transportation
Full fare advertising
Section 41712 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
Full fare advertising
It shall not be an unfair or deceptive practice under subsection (a) for a covered entity to state in an advertisement or solicitation for passenger air transportation the base airfare for the air transportation if the covered entity clearly and separately discloses—
the government-imposed taxes and fees associated with the air transportation; and
the total cost of the air transportation.
Form of disclosure
For purposes of paragraph (1), the information described in paragraphs (1)(A) and (1)(B) shall be disclosed in the advertisement or solicitation in a manner that clearly presents the information to the consumer.
Internet advertisements and solicitations
For purposes of paragraph (1), with respect to an advertisement or solicitation for passenger air transportation that appears on an Internet Web site, the information described in paragraphs (1)(A) and (1)(B) may be disclosed through a link or pop-up, as such terms may be defined by the Secretary, that displays the information in a manner that is easily accessible and viewable by the consumer.
In this subsection, the following definitions apply:
base airfare means the cost of passenger air transportation, excluding government-imposed taxes and fees.
covered entity means an air carrier, including an indirect air carrier, foreign carrier, ticket agent, or other
person offering to sell tickets for passenger air transportation or a tour
or tour component that must be purchased with air transportation.
Limitation on statutory construction
Nothing in the amendment made by subsection (a) may be construed to affect any obligation of a person that sells air transportation to disclose the total cost of the air transportation, including government-imposed taxes and fees, prior to purchase of the air transportation.
Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue final regulations to carry out the amendment made by subsection (a).
This Act, and the amendments made by this Act, shall take effect on the earlier of—
the effective date of regulations issued under subsection (c); and
the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
Passed the House of Representatives July 28, 2014.
Karen L. Haas,