Should airlines have to disclose a passenger's total fare — including government taxes and fees — upfront? Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:
Advertising a price before taxes is, quite frankly, nonsensical until you realize that it is a psychological trick to make you spend more money. You initially think the prices are lower when they aren't.
— Jacob Petterchak
The lotteries advertise jackpots that have a true value of about half of what they advertise. A big chunk of the jackpot is taken in taxes. It's a complete lie, but they're allowed to do it, to increase sales.
— Stanley Smith
Even with current rules, we do not know the final price of traveling by air because one does not know how much he or she will pay for checked baggage, unless you weigh and measure bags beforehand and call the airline to see what the added charge is. It is all deceptive advertising.
I just wish more people would force the airlines to start lowering prices.
— Peter Hoover
There's a big difference between sales tax and airfare taxes. When I shop at my local Walmart, I know the local tax is 7%, and I can easily calculate what a purchase will cost me.
Every time I buy an airline ticket, the taxes are different — different airports and itineraries mean different facility charges and taxes. Comparing tickets side by side that have different itineraries isn't comparing apples to apples if those airports have different taxes. The only way to be able to truly compare airfares when you are considering multiple itineraries is if they are quoted with taxes.
— Nancy Nally