Consumer Travel Alliance activities in the field of privacy and the upcoming airline merger hearings are discussed.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will face new pressure to establish consumer protections ensuring travelers can see and compare the total cost of their air travel – and buy all essential parts of their air travel wherever they purchase airfare.
The overall number of privacy complaints received by the FTC is something over 2 million complaints annually. The number of privacy complaints registered with DOT was zero. That’s right, zero.
Should the U.S. government approve the American Airlines – US Airways merger? Yes/ No? Why?
This is a topic that doesn’t come up very often. In fact, since the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doesn’t have jurisdiction over airline reservation systems and travel agencies, it has not been part of the overall Internet privacy discussions. Your privacy with airlines exists at the whim of the airlines with little government oversight. Next week, for the first time, travel privacy will be under the microscope at a hearing being held by the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections.