DOT fines British Airways for violating rules

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined British Airways $250,000 for violating the department's full-fare advertising rule as well as an international treaty on reimbursements for mishandled baggage.

The carrier had failed to disclose taxes and fees in advertised fares, and advertised one-way fares that were available only by purchasing a round-trip ticket. In some advertisements, the notice of the round-trip requirement was in small type and beneath an illustration, which violated the Department's enforcement policy that requires such information to be displayed conspicuously.

The carrier also violated the Montreal Convention, an international agreement setting rules for international air travel. The Convention holds airlines liable for loss or theft of checked baggage, but British Airways had stated in its policy that it would not pay for loss or theft of valuable items from such baggage.