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justice department investigating whether the four major u. s. carriers illegally colluded to prop up prices by controlling capacity i'm time by some act has corresponded with reuters on wednesday it was revealed that the department has contacted the four major carriers and the concern that they have is that they may have broken anti trust law by communicating with each other to prop up prices illegally there was a meeting with the top executives of the airlines and one of them use the word discipline at least two years of our discipline in terms of capacity it's sort of a code word for reducing output for producing less of a product and of course if you produce less of a product that's a way to keep it expensive what experts are telling me is that airfares really haven't gone up they stayed fairly stable but they're telling me that that's a concern because fuel costs have gone down sharply they would have expected to see fare wars between the airlines as they try to take advantage of these lower fuel prices it could turn out that there's absolutely nothing illegal has happened other industries they've done investigations like this and they have found that a lot you know laws were broken you know prices were fixed and you know in some instances some executives have gone to prison