Christopher Rowe Salazar
The public needs a
clear bill of rights
so that needs and
thrown to the skies
in the name of corporate greed.
St. Paul, MN
Someone other than
the airlines needs to
make or help push
these decisions in
For several years, consumer
rights advocates have unsuccessfully
lobbied for legislation that would
give passengers more legal rights
during extended flight delays.
In January of this year, such
legislation, dubbed the airline
Passengers’ Bill of rights, was
reintroduced in the senate.
supporters point to similar
legislation passed in Canada and
in europe, adding that given the
litany of fees and surcharges being
tacked on to the price of a ticket,
government has an obligation to
step in and set a standard for airline
opponents point to improvements in airline service and to voluntary
passenger protection rules proposed by the Department of Transportation.
They warn that if government steps in to regulate passenger service, it could
result in higher travel costs and raise safety issues. What do you think?
I hate to see our government get involved;
however, maybe this
is what it will take to
shape up our airlines.
groups are the most
potentially successful way to protect
I believe in
reducing the role
Find out more about this topic on the Web:
• http://thomas.loc.gov/ [Search “passenger bill of rights”]
stay out of setting
standards. It usually ends up raising