The American Society of Travel Agents yesterday said it will ask for relief from antitrust laws in order to allow travel agents to respond collectively to airlines that ASTA alleges use power against them and against consumers. ASTA yesterday also expelled American and TWA from ASTA membership. American recently lowered travel agent commissions. ASTA President Richard Copeland said the U.S. "is permitting airlines to act collectively in ways that are directly harmful to our ...

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