Southwest Airlines fined for advertising $59 seats that were not - CBS46 News

Southwest Airlines fined for advertising $59 seats that were not available

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Southwest Airlines was fined Thursday for violating full-fare advertising rules involving flights out of Atlanta.

According to the Department of Transportation, the airline advertised $59 rates out of Atlanta to select cites, on select dates in October 2013.

After an investigation, the agency found that Southwest did not have seats available for $59 on the dates advertised for the advertised cities.

"DOT's full-fare advertising rules were put into place to ensure that consumers are not deceived when they search for plane tickets," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

"Consumers have rights, and DOT will continue to take enforcement action against carriers and ticket agents when our price advertising rules are violated."

Southwest was fined $200,000 for the violation, in addition to another $100,000 after the agency said the airline failed to cease and desist after a previous violation.

Click here for the Consent Order from the Department of Transportation.

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