In an open online forum, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is asking Canadians, “In an ad, what would help you to easily determine the total price of an airline ticket?” This is so Canadians can have a say in new regulations that will establish how airfares and airline fees are advertised in Canada.

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Now airlines and ticket agents must include all mandatory taxes and fees in published airfares and they must disclose baggage fees to consumers buying tickets. Passengers will also be able to hold a reservation without payment, or cancel a booking without penalty for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if they book a week or more before departure date.

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The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

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According to the DOT, its proposed new rule would revise airlines’ current reporting requirements to improve data collection on the amount they receive from different, specific types of fees.

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The new protections will require airlines to reimburse passengers for bag fees if their bags are lost, as well as providing consumers involuntarily bumped from flights with greater compensation. The new protections also expand the current ban on lengthy tarmac delays to foreign carriers and force airlines to disclose hidden fees.

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