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U.S. fines Mexico’s Volaris over airline bag fees

24 June 2012

Mexico’s Volaris on Friday became the first airline to be fined by U.S. regulators under new consumer-protection laws that include requiring carriers to disclose all taxes and fees, such as those levied for checked-in bags.

Volaris received a $130,000 civil penalty from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which said the carrier didn’t clearly label baggage fees on its website.

The new consumer-protection laws came into force in January, part of a package of protections that included forcing carriers to be more transparent about advertising fares. It also extended fines for airport delays to international airlines for the first time.