LAW WOULD BAN AIRLINES FROM BUMPING PASSENGERS

posted by Mark Robertson - 

After United Airlines forcibly removed a paying passenger a new piece of legislation wants to stop make it illegal for airlines to bump a passenger without their permission. Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky introduced a bill — titled the Bumping on Overbooked Airplanes Requires Dealing Fairly (BOARD Fairly) Act — that aims to ensure incidents like the one on United Flight 3411 don’t happen again. Under the BOARD Fairly Act, the Department of Transportation would be directed to modify its rules, banning airlines from involuntarily bumping passengers who have a confirmed seat on a flight. Additionally, the rules would require all negotiations for passengers willing to give up their seats to take place before the passengers board. If no passenger volunteers to give up their seat, the airlines would have to continue increasing the amount of compensation they are willing to pay in exchange for the traveler relinquishing a confirmed reserved space.

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