The U.S. Department of Transportation issued its first fine Friday, against the online ticket agent TripAdvisor, for violating a new airfare advertising rule that took effect in January.
The federal agency fined TripAdvisor $80,000 for prominently advertising on its website airfares that did not include taxes and fees. The violations took place from March to June, according to the Department of Transportation.
The new regulation requires ticket agents and airlines to display the fares that include taxes and fees more prominently than the base fares.
The agency also found that TripAdvisor failed to disclose to customers that tickets sold through a major carrier were actually on flights operated by a regional carrier through a "code-sharing" agreement.