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updated 3/8/2010 12:55:56 PM ET 2010-03-08T17:55:56

US Airways was handed a $40,000 civil penalty by the U.S. Department of Transportation Monday for not disclosing the full price travelers had to pay.

"When consumers shop for air travel, they have a right to know how much they will have to pay," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. " We will continue to ensure that airlines comply with our price advertising rules."

When passengers searched US Airways' Web site for one-way flights, sorted by schedule, fare results did not include all relevant taxes and fees, or any indication that the additional charges were applicable, DOT's Aviation Enforcement Office found.

DOT requires Internet advertisements to either display the full fare on the first screen that provides price quotes, or to indicate the existence of further fees, along with a link where the public can learn about the additional charges.

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