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Wyden: Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights

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Oregon US Senator Ron Wyden [3],

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., this week to introduce comprehensive legislation that would expand protections for American air travelers.

The Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights requires airlines to pay at least $1,350 to passengers denied boarding due to an oversold flight, prevents airlines from shrinking their seats until a minimum standard size is set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and requires that airlines immediately refund bag fees for damaged or lost bags.

“Excessive and unexpected fees, delays and cancellations, overbooked planes—almost everyone who has flown has experienced the need for an ‘Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights,” Wyden said. “For too long, the FAA has knuckled under to the airline industry. It’s time to stand up for the rights of all air passengers and against excessive airline fees by ensuring ironclad consumer protections for air travel.”

The Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights would protect air travelers by:

Providing Compensation for Involuntary Denied Boarding

Stopping Airlines from Endangering Safety by Shrinking Seats

 Bolstering the Transparency of Passengers’ Rights

Requiring Airlines to Refund Tickets and Compensate Passengers for Delays and Cancellations Caused by the Airlines

 Protecting Basic Humanity on Planes

 Grounding Sky-High Nickel-and-Dime Fees

 Restoring Consumers’ Rights to Pursue Claims against Airlines

 Bolstering DOT’s Enforcement against the Airline Industry

 Addressing Lack of Meaningful Competition in the Airline Industry


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