President Biden will propose a new rule on Monday afternoon that requires airlines and travel-search websites to disclose additional fees in advance if passengers buy their tickets.
The rule is the latest move by the government to increase accountability to the airline industry as complaints from passengers about delays and cancellations have risen sharply in recent months.
The proposal would oblige airlines and websites to disclose additional charges — such as those for changing and canceling flights, checking in luggage, or for parents sitting with their child — when showing flight prices to potential customers for the first time.
The Department of Transportation said Biden would announce the proposal during a White House Competition Council meeting scheduled for later on Monday.
“Passengers deserve to know the full, actual cost of their flights before they buy a ticket,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “This new proposed rule would oblige airlines to be transparent with customers about the fees they charge, which will help travelers make informed decisions and save money.”
Monday’s announcement comes as part of Biden’s comprehensive executive order, which aims to promote competition in business through 72 initiatives that address anti-competitive practices across multiple industries.
American Airlines and JetBlue begin their antitrust proceedings on Monday after the Department of Justice and attorneys general in six states and Washington, DC sued to block a partnership between the two airlines, accusing them of competition on New York flight routes and having restricted Boston.
Buttigieg’s department has also reached out to the industry in recent months and proposed its own stricter regulations to clarify when airlines owe passengers refunds after they delay or cancel their flights.
The Department of Transportation also released a dashboard last month that allows customers to see if they’re eligible for a refund.
The steps come as the airline industry is increasingly under scrutiny and passengers are returning to the skies in larger numbers as many airlines report hiring challenges.
The staffing difficulties that have spread to air traffic control centers in some areas have resulted in airlines delaying or canceling flights, a problem that was only exacerbated by high fuel prices and severe storms this summer.
However, the Air Line Pilots Association, the largest pilot union, has claimed that there is no such pilot shortage.
Many airlines have offered pay incentives to attract and retain pilots, and the Federal Aviation Administration rejected a request from an airline earlier this month to relax flight time requirements for new pilots.
Mesa Airlines, which operates smaller routes for United Airlines and American Airlines, announced on Thursday that it would finance the costs for more than 1,000 pilots to build the 1,500 hours of flight required for the commercial flight and make it a priority for employment.