n a joint filing, the six sites (Google, Kayak, TripAdvisor, Skyscanner, Travelzoo and Hipmunk) staunchly condemned the DOT’s proposal to exert jurisdiction over their air travel displays, saying they are information providers and not “ticket agents.” They said the DOT should withdraw its proposal and intimated they would fight it in court if the DOT went ahead, expressing the view that the plan would “not survive judicial scrutiny.” In a controversial rulemaking notice in May, the DOT proposed, among other things, to broaden the definition of the term “ticket agent,” to include “entities operating websites that provide flight-search tools that manipulate, manage and display fare, schedule and availability information.” The DOT said such sites had become important “entry points” for consumers and should be required to abide by certain consumer-protection rules or disclosure requirements regarding display bias, codeshares or ancillary fees. Get the full story at Travel Weekly