Friday, May 9 2014, 07:40 PM MDT
Airlines Allowed to Hide Fees, GM Recalls and Netflix Price Increases
(KUTV) A few years ago, the transportation administration told airlines that if they were going to charge customers fees that could not be avoided, things like fuel fees or airport fees.
Then all those fees had to be included in the advertised price of the ticket, well airlines don't like that rule and they want to be able to hide that full price. Now thanks to some powerful lobbying, they've convinced some lawmakers that they should be allowed.
A bill that is working its way through congress would allow airlines to advertise the price of a flight without disclosing fees and taxes. Critics say that if it becomes law, travelers will be hit with sticker shock, only learning what the real price of the flight is when it's time to pay.
According to the associated press, the bill has the support of the airline industry and the pilot and flight-attendant unions.
General Motors is recalling more than 8,500 Buick lacrosse and Chevrolet Malibu sedans for a flaw in the brake assembly.
The USA Today reports rear brake rotors may have been mistakenly installed into the front brake system.
The problem could shorten brake pad life and reduce brake performance, increasing the risk of an accident.
No crashes or injuries related to the recall have been reported, but affected customers will be notified and can request a loaner car while waiting for inspection and repairs.
New Netflix subscribers will have to pay a dollar more; the company sent an e-mail to subscribers saying it's raising prices to $8.99 a month, the change only applies to new subscribers.
Netflix says current members will be locked into their 7.99 a month rate for two years.
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