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DOT: 5 Airlines Investigated for ‘Price Gouging’ After May Amtrak Crash in Philly

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an investigation into possible price gouging by five airlines. The agency is concerned that five airlines may have raised airfares in the Northeast following a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May that disrupted rail service in the region..... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

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joelwiley
joel wiley 2
The transportation industry is very sensitive to effects of disruption. When the local news lead with footage of a refinery fire in Richmond Calif at 5:00, gas rose $.05 by 5:30 at local stations. The 5:30 news footage included people changing the price signs.
linbb
linbb 1
And they don't do anything about those who gouge at the gas pump. Years back they had big investigations about gas prices but it just kind of died and nothing came of it. Guess they think that there is something they can get press mileage out of by trying it on airline ticket prices.
JerrySteinberg
Perfect!
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 1
While the supply was reduced, there was no shortage -- nobody had to wait in line for hours at the pumps because there was no gas.

When there is more supply than demand and the prices go up, someone is profiteering.
pthomas745
Pa Thomas 0
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[aloud]

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