New US law to increase passenger compensation
April 21st, 2011 by elisa

Passengers who are bumped from flights and have their luggage lost by the airline will be pleased to know that in August a new US law will come in to force to increase the amount of compensation they can receive.

US transport secretary Ray LaHood described the new legislation as being all about showing passengers “respect”. He said: “Airline passengers have a right to be treated fairly.”

Previously passengers who had been bumped from a flight were entitled to between$400 and $600, under the new law they will be entitled to between $650 and $1330.

In a bid to shorten tarmac waiting times carriers will now be fined heavily if they do not let passengers on an international flight out of a plane which has been sitting on the tarmac for over four hours. Airlines will also have to clearly display potential charges on their websites and include taxes and fees in their prices.


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