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Air passengers’ bill of rights?


Andrew Compart over at Travel Weekly (registration required) writes that a group of stranded air travelers is “forming a coalition to push for airline passenger rights legislation in Congress.”

Such a bill was previously considered, and then effectively killed, when the airlines collectively agreed to adopt a “voluntary” bill of rights in the late 1990s.

If you’ve traveled at all since then, you’ve probably figured out by now that “voluntary” in this case is code for “nonexistent,” because obviously as passengers we don’t have a whole lot of rights.

The new movement, called “The Coalition for Airline Passenger’s Bill of Rights,” plans a grassroots campaign centered around a new blog.

It’s a wonderful idea, and I hope it works. I won’t be holding my breath, though.

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