Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation fined online travel agency Orbitz $60,000 for violating rules prohibiting deceptive advertising. DOT, which regulates air-fare-related advertising, claimed that Orbitz failed to adequately disclose information about taxes and fees associated with fares and also displayed low fares that were no longer available.
If other violations, such as code-share disclosures and accessibility issues are included, DOT has assessed $4.8 million in fines in 49 consent orders since Jan. 1, 2011.
Go here to read coverage of the fine in MSNBC’s Overhead Bin Blog.
Go here to read DOT’s press release, which contains a hyperlink to the consent order.