U.S. airlines have been pushing a so-called "Transparent Airfares Act" that would restore the old ways: quote a low fare, and hide the taxes and (ever-increasing) fees until after you click on "buy." They say that's transparent because you'll see exactly how much is tax and fees. But it's not transparent, because until you buy, you won't know if another airline's total would be less!
The airlines got the bill introduced with the help of Congressmembers who have attempted to pass it without a public hearing, but consumer reaction has been building. More detail and how you can help stop it in a USA Today special report by Chris Elliott.