WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — U.S. airlines are suing to block the Biden administration from requiring greater transparency regarding fees that carriers charge passengers.

They claim a new rule would confuse consumers by giving them too much information during the ticket-buying process.

U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday it will defend the rule, aimed at what it calls “hidden junk fees.”

American, Delta, United and three other carriers, along with their industry trade group, filed the lawsuit May 10 against the Transportation Department in a federal appeals court.

The suit says the agency is going beyond its authority by attempting to regulate private business operations “in a thriving marketplace.”

“Airlines go to great lengths to make their customers knowledgeable about these fees,” the trade group Airlines for America said Monday. “The ancillary fee rule by the Department of Transportation will greatly confuse consumers who will be inundated with information that will only serve to complicate the buying process.”

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