American Airlines, US Airways Merger Could Be Blocked

The government says the merger would increase travel costs for passengers.
1:57 | 08/13/13

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And next tonight, we have a headline for everyone who's had enough with the airlines, the high prices and fees on just about everything right down to the pret zealous. The government will try to block the merger of american airlines and u.S. Airways because it would hit the customers harder. David curley has that story. Reporter: Fliers already feel the frustration, the squeeze in the cabin, more seats in packed planes, and all those fees, a bag, $25, a snack, 3-8 bucks. The baggage is a pain in the rear end. Reporter: But tonight the u.S. Government says, this is a quote, the consumers will get the shaft if american airlines is allowed to merge with u.S. Airways. I wouldn't be surprised if prices go up. You think that less competition means higher fares? Yes, I do. Reporter: They are suing to stop the deal before it gets off the ground saying fares will increase. Only twice before has the government moved to block a merger. We have seen a lot of airline names disappear from those boards. All those mergers left five majorirlines, but the government says creating the largest airline by combining american and u.S. Airways is the tipping point, bad for consumers. It's not only the big -- Reporter: The airlines advertising the merger are having none of this, they believe they will win by the end of the year and fares won't change much. You take one out of the system, it does not change the fare structure one iota. And doj doesn't understand. Reporter: They are wrong. They're wrong. Reporter: They will find out if their wallets are squeezed more after a court has its say. Washington national airport. And a life or death day for

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