Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Group pushes for airline passengers' rights

The consumer watchdog group “Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights” came to Pennsylvania this week to drum up support for a passengers' bill of rights in PA. Legislation that would force airlines to offer water, bathrooms and proper climate control to passengers stranded in planes for more then three hours is pending in Harrisburg but has been stalled in committee for months with no sign of being called for a vote. At least eight other states are considering similar legislation but only New York has passed a law. That law is tied up in court as the federal government challenges the state’s right to enforce such legislation. Pennsylvania’s bill goes one step further than most bills, requiring airlines to allow passengers to get off the plane rather than just receive the needed accommodations on board.

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