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DOT Fines AirTran, Delta For Ad Omissions

May 28, 2010 - 12:00 AM ET

By Jay Boehmer

The Department of Transportation today hit AirTran Airways and Delta Air Lines with fines, claiming the carriers misrepresented airfares in advertisements and promotions.

DOT is fining Delta $40,000 for omitting tax and fee information from fares advertised on the "Deals & Offers" section of its website. DOT hit AirTran for half that amount, citing failure to spell out total fares in a press release announcing a fare sale. DOT said AirTran ran a press release for a 72-hour sale that boasted fares as low as $39. A DOT investigation turned up a $44 fare as the lowest.

According to DOT statutes, airlines must fully and accurately represent the entire price of airfares to consumers in promotions or advertisements.

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