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Are airlines colluding to keep ticket prices up? Feds are investigating

Are airlines colluding to keep ticket prices up? Feds are investigating

Packed planes and rising fares have pushed up airline profits — along with costs for cramped and harried travelers. Federal investigators are now looking into whether airlines planned it that way. The Justice Department on Wednesday confirmed a probe into alleged collusion by airlines to keep prices high and planes full by limiting the number of seats. The department's antitrust division is “investigating possible unlawful coordination by some airlines,” agency spokeswoman Emily Pierce said. She wouldn't name the airlines and declined further comment. Several airlines confirmed they had been contacted by the Justice Department, which requested internal...

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