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Comment on Air Travel Protections

Posted Aug 02 2010 11:44am

AirplaneLast year I told you about the Federal Aviation Administration Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act , which brought new consumer protections for air travelers. For instance, the act limits the time passengers can be held in a plane on the tarmac during flight delays.

Back in June, the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a new rule that came with a number of new consumer provisions. Monday is the deadline for public comments on the rule that would:

• provide an increase in compensation for passengers involuntarily bumped from flights

• allow passengers to make and cancel reservations within 24 hours without penalty

• require full and prominently displayed disclosure of baggage fees as well as refunds and expense reimbursement when bags are not delivered on time

• require fair price advertising

• prohibit price increases after a ticket is purchased

• mandate timely notice of flight status changes

Tell DOT what you think of the new rule's provisions at this page .

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