The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed that airlines start being more open and upfront about their baggage fees.
Airlines make a lot of money from their baggage fees, which is partly because people don’t know what they’re getting into and are faced with making the decision last minute. In 2015, U.S. airlines made a combined $3.1 billion on baggage fees alone.
If the rule were to go into effect it would be applied to outside ticket agents and travel agents as well as the actual airlines.
On Tuesday, the outgoing Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx explained that “Displaying the fees for transporting carry-on and checked bags alongside the fare will make the cost of travel more transparent.”