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The home of the roaming gnome faces a stiff fine.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has fined Travelocity $180,000 for violating a federal full-fare advertising rule. The Texas-based online travel agency has a bearded lawn gnome as its mascot.
Prior to Jan. 26, online travel agents and airlines were required to include all extra charges and fees in the advertised fare with the exception of certain government taxes. A new rule that took effect Jan. 26 required that advertised fares include all extra taxes and fees.
The Department of Transportation said an investigation in September, 2011 found that Travelocity's website sometimes did not include fuel surcharges in the advertised price of airline tickets until Travelocity customers selected an itinerary.