Allegiant Air Sues Department of Transportation Over Passenger Rules

Department of Transportation Sued by Allegiant Air Over Passenger Rules

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Hoping to block regulations meant to protect airline passengers' rights, Allegiant Air headed to court Thursday.

The airline asked a Washington U.S. appeals court to review the Obama administration's plan to change how airline fares and baggage fees are disclosed and entitle consumers to a refund within 24 hours of buying an airline ticket, reports the Associated Press.

Also on the docket for Allegiant was asking the court to review a ban on raising fares after a ticket is already purchased.

According to the AP, Allegiant believes the United States Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to give consumers broad rights to a refund if the airline hasn't delayed or canceled their flight.

The airline also argued that a provision requiring advertised fares to include government-imposed fees and taxes violates the airlines' free-speech rights.

But, Allegiant is not alone in its crusade. Other industry players have struck back at the regulations as well.

On Wednesday, Spirit Airlines filed suit to challenge the new regulations on refunds and full-fare advertising. And, last week, three airline trade groups asked the DOT to delay the rule for six months to ensure adequate employee preparation.

A DOT spokesperson had no comment on the pending litigation.

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