DOT fines Qantas $40,000 for violating advertising rules

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Qantas Airways $40,000 for violating fare advertising and federal aviation laws.

For a period of time in the fourth quarter of 2011, the airline displayed advertisements on numerous websites that did not provide any information on additional taxes and fees.

The type and amounts of additional taxes and fees could be seen only if a consumer scrolled to the bottom of the page.

Qantas's website violated DOT rules requiring any advertising that includes a price for air transportation to state the full price to be paid by the consumer, including all carrier-imposed surcharges.

The department has implemented rules from 26 January that require airlines and ticket agents to include all taxes and fees in each advertised fare.