A consumer group is asking the federal government to require airlines to disclose all additional fees when travelers buy their tickets.
The Consumer Travel Alliance looked at fees on nine major airlines along four popular domestic routes. A traveler requesting extra legroom and checking two bags pays about 54 percent more than the price of the ticket shown at the time of purchase.
“I was shocked -- it cost me $50 to check one bag the other day,” traveler Paula Feldstein said.
Many airlines have added fees for services that used to be free to make up for revenues lost because of the recession.
“It’s just ridiculous," traveler Jessica Jacobson said. "When does it stop becoming this huge fiasco of fees?"
“I don't know why we’re paying fees in the first place,” Feldstein said.
The Consumer Travel Alliance says airlines should have to clarify the cost of travel by disclosing all additional fees at the point of ticket purchase.
Many travelers seem to on board with the idea.
“I think that what it cost me to fly from point A to point B is what I need to pay, not, 'OK, I'll charge you less and tack on a $45 fee if you carry a bag,” Feldstein said.
Other ideas include bag fees that are proportional to the length of the trip and the bag's weight -- rather than a flat fee -- and automatic refunds from the airline if a checked bag is late.