Airlines Could Start Charging Based On Online Shopping Habits, Experts Say | 3/12/2018 | Staff
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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New preferential pricing could take off at some major airlines, as providers are looking at ways to charge passengers based on their online shopping habits.

People who spend more may find themselves paying higher prices. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is preemptively asking the federal government to protect passengers from technology that uses personal information such as income to affect pricing.

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Schumer says under the policy, two flyers sitting next to each other could be given two different prices based on their internet browsing history, online purchasing, or even income level.

Travel expert Peter Trabucco says the idea mixes big brother with big business.

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“This is a dangerous precedent to do something like this,” he told CBS2’s Meg Baker. “You have to be careful how to go about doing that.”

Aviation expert Brian Summers says most airlines have antiquated computer systems...
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