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Halting hidden airline fees

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(WFLX) - What's the price you really pay to fly? That's the question lawmakers are now looking into. They want to make sure passengers know up front about every fee from baggage to hand-picking a seat.

A new report from a government watchdog agency shows each airline has its own set of fees for things that often used to be included in the price of a ticket. And sometimes passengers don't know about the extra charges until they get to the airport.

"As they say, buyer beware, you have to be really smart about your planning for travel, even if you have the benefits of being a frequent flier."

"We believe consumers should have complete information about the full cost of their trip at the time they make their decisions about travel."

Airline executives say they're just trying to charge passengers for the services they actually use. Lawmakers say they aren't looking for ways to eliminate the extra charges.

But as you just read, they do want to force the airlines to let passengers know the total price for of a trip before the ticket gets purchased.

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