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July 13, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
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.
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