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No more hidden airline fees

If you check in at the airport for a flight after next week, you shouldn't have any monetary surprises.

That's when a Department of Transportation policy goes into effect.

It's supposed to protect passengers from buying tickets, then dealing with hidden fees.

One of the new rules requires airlines to include all mandatory taxes and fees in advertised fares.

Bag fees and other optional charges don't have to be rolled into the price, but they need to be better disclosed.

Passengers will also have 24 hours to hold reservations and the ticket price can't be increased after purchase.

The idea is to help passengers know the bottom line when they try to book.

Some airlines oppose the new protections saying air travel isn't any different than other services, where taxes are not included in the price.

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