Congress threatens to step in on airline fees

There may be a new hope for consumers tired of abounding list of airline fees. Congress may be readying to step in.

After sharply questioning Spirit Airlines' CEO today about his airline's fees and hearing new reports that the fees are confusing consumers and business people alike and making comparison shopping increasingly difficult, a congressional committee this week heard calls for action, a number from its own members.

"I say to airlines, that if they don't exercise some restraint, then there is going to be push-back from the traveling public and that Congress will act," said Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.