Bill may prohibit airlines from bumping passengers


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

If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).

To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.


Comment via Facebook

Send this to a friend