Southwest Airlines fined for violating DOT price advertising rules

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But the DOT said Southwest did not offer a "reasonable" number of seats at those prices, and did not offer any at all at the $66 rate during the period that was advertised. The infractions were violations of passenger protection rules that were put in place by the Obama administration in 2010, the DOT said.

Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony FoxxWeek ahead in tech: Lawmakers turn focus to self-driving cars Six contenders to be Uber's new CEO Obama’s Transportation chief given Super Bowl tickets by Hollywood studio exec MORE said the fines were evidence of the agency's commitment to protecting passengers.

“Consumers should be able to trust that the price they see advertised is the price they’ll pay for a seat,” Foxx said in a statement. “DOT will continue to take enforcement action against carriers and ticket agents when our price advertising rules are violated.”