CAPBOR Asks -- If Canada Can Have Passengers' Rights, Why Not US? | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 04.27.17

Airborne
04.24.17

Airborne
04.25.17

Airborne
04.26.17

Airborne
04.27.17

Airborne
04.28.17

Airborne-Unmanned 04.25.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 04.27.17

Airborne
04.24.17

Airborne
04.25.17

Airborne
04.26.17

Airborne
04.27.17

Airborne
04.28.17

Airborne-Unmanned 04.25.17

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

CAPBOR Asks -- If Canada Can Have Passengers' Rights, Why Not US?

Hanni Says Some Aspects Of Measure Stronger Than Stalled Bill

The founder of a group dedicated to seeing a passengers bill of rights come to fruition for US flyers commended the Canadian government Thursday on its efforts to enact just such a measure.

As ANN reported Friday, Canada's "Flight Rights" program builds on a 2007 amendment to the Canada Transportation Act that requires domestic airlines to prominently display terms and conditions of carriage at their business offices and on their websites. The measure also creates an informal complaints process within the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Critics to Canada's plan says it doesn't go far enough... but Kate Hanni, founder of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights, notes the Canadian measure is more comprehensive than even the European Union regulations, and specifically addresses "strandings" by allowing passengers to deplane after a 90 minute tarmac delay, with the option to re-board the plane.

"If it's good enough for Canada, why isn't it good enough for America?" asked Hanni, adding she assisted Woodrow French -- the Mayor of Town of Conception Bay South, who first proposed the bill -- and House of Commons officials on background for the bill. "Now it is time for Congress to act!"

Hanni said that under the new law, Canadian airlines will also be required to provide stranded travelers with updated flight delay and schedule change information, and meal and hotel vouchers for extended delays of four and eight hours respectively.

Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon announced the program, nicknamed "Flight Rights" at a press conference in Ottawa earlier this week. The bill received unanimous support in the House of Commons.

"The House of Commons has 308 members. Our Senate has 100. Canada was able to get 308 members to agree on a common sense law to protect their flying public in less than eight months. Our coalition has been working with Congress for sixteen months, and we can't even get a majority to agree. This underscores the degree of partisan politics and the enormous influence of big airlines with deep pockets on our system," said Hanni.

Passengers' rights legislation has been stalled in Congress primarily due to disagreements among members on funding for air traffic control modernization and related programs. Most of that legislation gives the airlines up to three hours to give passengers the right to deplane -- twice the 90 minutes now required by the Canadian law.

FMI: www.flyersrights.org/

Advertisement

More News

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.29.17)

Beechcraft Heritage Museum The Beechcraft Heritage Museum is a distinctly original one-of-a-kind, “living and working” aviation museum that traces the lineage of the Be>[...]

AMA Drone Report 04.27.17: Kitty Hawk Flyer, College Drones, DJI VR Goggles

Also: Airborne at XPONENTIAL, AMA On Mil-Airspace, Canadian Drones, AMA Legislative Efforts With an appearance not all that different than many of the multi-copters we’re all>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 04.25.17: UAS Broadcast, College Drone Racing, XPO17 LIVE!

Also: Aeryon Labs, Northrop Grumman, XTAR Connectivity, Bowling Green Drones The broadcast platforms of tomorrow may well be unmanned... and 360 Designs has just introduced the Fly>[...]

Airborne 04.28.17: Perlan Mission II, DJI VR Goggles, Pilot... NOT!

Also: American Airlines, Airborne-NextGen, Biofuel, ATR 72-600, Gogo, Drone Drive, L3 Aviation Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider to the edge of space to colle>[...]

AUVSI and Aero-News Announce Live Webcast Schedules for XPONENTIAL 2017

The World's Greatest Gathering Of 'All Things Unmanned' Will Get Expert Live Coverage! The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and their "Airborne-Unmann>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC