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

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 09.26.16

Airborne 09.27.16

Airborne 09.28.16

Airborne 09.29.16

Airborne 09.23.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 09.26.16

Airborne 09.27.16

Airborne 09.28.16

Airborne 09.29.16

Airborne 09.23.16

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

Airborne 09.27.16: EAA's 200K!, MilPilots Get Break, UAV Pilot Applications

Also: GPS Sat, Aero-Calendar, B-21 Raider, Boeing 777X, Tecnam P2002JF, NBAA Honors Louis Seno, Alaska-Virgin Merger EAA has reached a major milestone, as the association has surpa>[...]

BlackSky Pathfinder Satellite Launched Aboard India’s PSLV

Paves The Way For 60-Satellite Constellation To Deliver High-Resolution Satellite Imaging The BlackSky Pathfinder-1 satellite was successuflly launched into a sun synchronous orbit>[...]

Several Injured By Helicopter Rotorwash At Boy Scout Event

Arriving Helo Blew Several Canoes Into A Crowd On Shore It was supposed to be the celebration of the introduction of a new program to introduce young kids to the Boy Scouts. It wou>[...]

FAA: Parachutes Did Not Open In Tandem Jump Accident

First-Time Skydiver And Instructor Fatally Injured In August The FAA has determined that a first time skydiver and his instructor were fatally injured in an accident August 6th, 20>[...]

Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants To Vote On New Agreement

Balloting To Take Place From October 16 - 31 Southwest Airlines Co. has announced that the Executive Board of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, the Union that represents our>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC