Wednesday, June 02, 2010

DOT Proposal Would Provide More Protection for Air Travelers

Are you considering the possibility of air travel this summer? Today the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a new rule to protect air travelers (see the DOT press release). The rule would raise compensation to passengers who are bumped from flights, let passengers make and cancel reservations within 24 hours of flight time, require airlines to openly disclose baggage fees, and necessitate fair price advertising, among other provisions (DOT has a summary of the proposals on its web site).

You can read comments by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, as well as reactions by the Air Transport Association of America, in today's New York Times ("U.S. Proposes Rules on Airline Tickets and Fees"). To comment on the proposed rule, go to or the Regulation Room--a partnership site between the DOT and Cornell University to facilitate public comment on federal regulations.

For additional resources, take a look at our guide to Travel Information.

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