Fri, May 22, 2009
Predicts/Hopes Senate Version Will Set Binding Limits on Tarmac
FlyersRights.org Executive Director
Kate Hanni (pictured right) is politely lauding the "modest gains
for airline passengers" contained in the FAA Reauthorization bill
(H.R. 915) that passed through the House of Representatives,
Thursday, but predicted that the "final version that goes to the
President will ultimately contain the critical element consumers
want most - a binding, enforceable limit on the amount of time
passengers can be held in aircraft waiting on the tarmac."
Among consumer advances in the House bill, Hanni said, are
provisions requiring airlines to provide food, water, temperature
controls and working lavatories to passengers whose flights are
delayed on the nation's tarmacs.
"It's a measure of the airlines' contempt for their passengers
that it takes an Act of Congress to force them to give their
customers basic human necessities like food, water and working
toilets during tarmac delays that now last upwards of 9 hours,"
"Under the House version, the airlines themselves get to decide
how long passengers must sit on the tarmac. That's just not
acceptable, and we're optimistic that once the Senate takes up the
bill, President Obama will get the chance to sign a measure he
himself sponsored as a Senator - a uniform, binding, industry-wide
three-hour limit on tarmac delays."
FlyersRights.org is a consumer organization representing airline
passengers, and was formed after Hanni was stranded on the tarmac
at the Austin airport in 2006.
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