Airline accused of “fee” shaming

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Passenger rights groups say Delta Airlines is shaming travelers into upgrading their seats. The carrier is now selling “basic economy” tickets.

These fares are cheaper than Delta’s standard economy tickets, but the savings come at a cost. There is no seat assignment until after check-in, passengers will be in the last boarding group, and their tickets can not be changed.

The savings depend on the length of the flight, but Delta says they tend to cost around $20 to $40 less than main cabin tickets.

Some passengers have criticized the fares, calling them “economy minus” seats.

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