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senate Bill S. 1037

Should Airlines be Prohibited From Imposing "Ridiculous" Fees?

Argument in favor

This bill would prevent airlines from imposing excessive fees on consumers, thus ensuring air travel remains as affordable as possible.

Reinier's Opinion
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05/11/2018
I completely agree, just like net neutrality keeps internet providers in check, something needs to keep these airlines in check. When five major airlines basically control the “air travel” market it is essential that we put regulations that keep them from abusing their powers.
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Peter's Opinion
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05/11/2018
As a republic, this is the type of thing our government is designed to do, by capping the fees, and preventing airlines from charging $250 change fees for a $150 flight, or charging $100 to check your luggage at the gate because you didn’t check it online, this establishes rules that all airlines play by, so they no longer have to focus on sneaky ways to make more money to undercut their competition, since their competition has the same rules as well. I also would like better laws on leg room, but full disclosure I’m 6’4”.
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Dana's Opinion
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05/11/2018
I prefer to pay an initial ticket price that is transparent about fees rather than hidden baggage, exchange and hidden upgrade fees.
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Argument opposed

Airlines are imposing “ridiculous” fees on consumers because they’re over-regulated and have to pass on the cost of complying with so many rules.

Karan's Opinion
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05/11/2018
Its a PRIVATE company! If you think that it is ridiculous then get another airline! Let the airlines charge what they want! Who is the government to force airlines to not charge a certain way?
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RyanMcCain's Opinion
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05/11/2018
This is dumb. Who defines what ridiculous means?
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Sergeant's Opinion
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05/12/2018
This is not an easy question. Airlines are mostly monopolies because they fix prices based on the way “hubs” are allocated so they are not competitive at all. You can only take the carrier that goes to you destination. There was a time when airlines flew from everywhere and we had price wars. It was a good time for consumers. Now It costs less to fly where many airlines compete and a better idea would be to fix prices according to the miles flown not by location. We have to keep airlines from price gauging but this bill is not the way.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMay 4th, 2017
    I completely agree, just like net neutrality keeps internet providers in check, something needs to keep these airlines in check. When five major airlines basically control the “air travel” market it is essential that we put regulations that keep them from abusing their powers.
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    Its a PRIVATE company! If you think that it is ridiculous then get another airline! Let the airlines charge what they want! Who is the government to force airlines to not charge a certain way?
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    As a republic, this is the type of thing our government is designed to do, by capping the fees, and preventing airlines from charging $250 change fees for a $150 flight, or charging $100 to check your luggage at the gate because you didn’t check it online, this establishes rules that all airlines play by, so they no longer have to focus on sneaky ways to make more money to undercut their competition, since their competition has the same rules as well. I also would like better laws on leg room, but full disclosure I’m 6’4”.
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    I prefer to pay an initial ticket price that is transparent about fees rather than hidden baggage, exchange and hidden upgrade fees.
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    This is dumb. Who defines what ridiculous means?
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    This is not an easy question. Airlines are mostly monopolies because they fix prices based on the way “hubs” are allocated so they are not competitive at all. You can only take the carrier that goes to you destination. There was a time when airlines flew from everywhere and we had price wars. It was a good time for consumers. Now It costs less to fly where many airlines compete and a better idea would be to fix prices according to the miles flown not by location. We have to keep airlines from price gauging but this bill is not the way.
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    Well, DUH. Of course their fees should be regulated. Passengers are inundated with fees for everything. What a shame the aero industry has sunk so low that even a drink & a snack has to be paid for when flying on an airplane was a dress up affair with civility and dignity. Today it’s more like herding cattle.
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    The government should not be fixing prices.
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    All other transportation modes in the US are regulated as to what prices can be administered.
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    Keep your laws off my airplane. Keep the big bloated federal government out of the business dealings between consumers and companies. What a consumer and a company does behind closed doors is no business of the government. Airlines are imposing “ridiculous” fees on consumers because they’re over-regulated and have to pass on the cost of complying with so many rules.
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    It’s not ridiculous if you pay it. Choose other airlines, competitive markets cure everything!
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    Some guidance on what “ridiculous” is would be better.
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    They’re semi-private companies. If you don’t agree with them don’t fly. More so, if you don’t want fined don’t break their policies. If you follow the rules you agreed to upon purchasing your ticket, then you won’t be fined.
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    Please Countable my birthday is coming up soon and I will really and truly appreciate it. IF YOU WOULD STOP FOR ONE MONTH USING THE BEGGING THE QUESTION FALLACY FOR DISCUSSION HEADLINES. 🚥Should airline stop imposing ridiculous fees. 🚧OF COURSE THEY SHOULD. 💥But what does that have to do with anything. 🔥It is bad enough that we have to deal with the Trump administration naming bills the opposite of what they actually propose.... please one month and I won't ask again for an entire year!
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    Free market
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    As much as I hate Gov’t intervention in normal life, I can think of no other way to stop that kind of crap. I don’t expect businesses to lose $$, but adding on ridiculous fees is total BS.
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    Maybe a lot of people don’t know that the government did regulate prices in the airline industry at one time, and No one could afford to fly ya morons! The free market will take care of the problem by itself. It’s called “We don’t have to pay it.”. Congress needs to do what they are supposed to do! Follow the constitution and protect individual Rights!
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    I want to believe that Airlines want to compete fairly. But all evidence is to the contrary. Let them charge reasonable fares that are competitive, but allow them to turn a profit, and regulate these often "hidden" fees. The airlines shouldn't be allowed to act like bad eBay sellers who sell an item for "$1," but charge $50 shipping.
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    Who cares! Take the train or drive!
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    It is an oligopoly. I don’t believe in government interference in most situations, but when consumers are stuck with only so many choices, all of which collude, it is detrimental. Flying is needed by many people and has become out of reach due to costs for most of society.
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