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Senator Requests Federal Investigation Into Airline Anti-competitiveness

Major airline mergers like American Airlines and US Airways; Southwest Airlines and AirTran; and Continental and United are an issue, with legislators worrying that a shrinking airline industry means an anti-competitive industry. And that has led to a request for a federal investigation. In a letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney General William Baer, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., urges the Justice Department to investigate possible collusion and anti-competitive actions in the industry that could result in higher airfares for consumers.

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