Bill may prohibit airlines from bumping passengers

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The days of being bumped from an overbooked flight once boarding may be a thing of the past if new legislation passes.

Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) will be introducing the Secure Equity in Airline Transportation, or SEAT Act, which will include a requirement for the Department of Transportation to revise the current federal rules to ensure that a passenger cannot be involuntarily removed from a flight that he or she has already boarded.

The bill will also state that law enforcement can take appropriate action if a passenger is a safety threat to themselves or others.

This is in response to the recent incident that took place on a United Airlines flight in Chicago when a passenger who refused to leave the plane was forcibly dragged away so that employees of the airline could make a connecting flight to work in Louisville, Kentucky.

In a statement, Dunn said, “Passengers should have the peace of mind to know they will not be dragged off a plane once they’re in their seat. Americans everywhere were shocked at the treatment of the passenger in Chicago. The SEAT Act will require airlines to sort out over-booking before allowing passengers to board the airplane.”

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are in the process of introducing a passenger “bill of rights,” as well.

H/T: The Hill

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