The home of the roaming gnome faces a stiff fine.
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday that it has fined Travelocity $180,000 for violating a new federal full-fare advertising rule. The Texas-based online travel agency has a bearded lawn gnome as its mascot.
The rule that took effect in January says online travel agents and airlines must include taxes and fees in the full fare that they prominently advertise. The Department of Transportation said an investigation found that Travelocity’s website sometimes did not include fuel surcharges in the advertised price of airline tickets until Travelocity customers selected an itinerary.