Florida residents wanting to escape the path of Hurricane Irma sounded off on social media Wednesday, fuming over flight prices that have soared well over $3,000.
One traveler reported a flight that typically costs $358 dollars jumping to $3,578.
Totally unacceptable, a $358 flight from Miami to NYC went up to $3578. Why should expect anything decent from these airlines??? F ing RATS! https://t.co/rjdH6J0yOL— Joseph Pep Nodarse (@joerileyhudson) September 6, 2017
Last-minute flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, which include one stop, are selling for $1,318.80, the Miami Herald reported.
Price gouging is illegal in Florida once a state of emergency has been declared, but airlines do not operate under those regulations and are instead under the jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation. Thus, the price gouging law does not apply.
Searching for flight tickets for my sister, grandma and cousin and they are over 1k from Miami - New York!— Tu Deseo (@Lissette24twiny) September 5, 2017
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says her office has already received several complaints regarding airlines hiking fare prices and has activated an online portal for consumers to report what they feel are unlawful hikes. Her office said in a statement Wednesday that her office was "making phone calls to airlines requesting voluntary compliance."
For their part, some airlines say they have not changed their price structures and have added to the number of their flights to aid those in affected areas.
"We have not changed our fare structures, and, in fact have added capacity to help get customers out of the affected areas," American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said in a statement.
However, those seeking to travel to Florida ahead of the hurricane are finding empty flights and low fares, like CNN White House producer Noah Gray, who tweeted a photo of his empty flight that only cost $81.