While D'Amato is long gone from the Senate, the guy who beat him obviously has the same philosophy, as Sen. Charles Schumer proved again today.
Schumer appeared at the Greater Rochester International Airport today to call on regulators to drop a proposal that could free airlines from 20-year-old advertising restrictions.
Schumer said that if adopted, airlines would potentially be free to advertise fares separately from surcharges, taxes and fees -- meaning that consumers could be in for a surprise when they hit the checkout button. (The Department of Transportation could ultimately decide to do nothing and keep current policy in place.)
Even the airlines are a bit split. The bigger carriers support the changes while the smaller airlines, such as Jet Blue Airways, want the rule to stay in place.
Schumer says he'll introduce legislation if the changes are adopted.
I asked Sen. Schumer today if the separation of taxes and fees was any different than charging sales tax at the cash register. His answer: Adding a 7 percent sales tax is a little different from extra charges that could be as much as the original ticket.