New rules to protect airline passengers go into effect Tuesday
Consumer Reports News: August 22, 2011 05:08 PM
Tomorrow will see the implementation of some new airline regulations meant to address hidden ticket fees, long waits on the tarmac, and compensation of bumped passengers.
Here is a breakdown of the final rules that the U.S. Department of Transportation will begin enforcing this week, as outlined by USA Today:
If a U.S. or international flight sits on the tarmac for more than four hours the DOT can impose fines of up to $27,500 per passenger.
Passengers bumped from an oversold flight must be compensated double the price of the purchased ticket (up to $650), unless the airline gets them to their destination within a few hours. Currently, compensation is equal to the ticket up to $400. If the arrival time of bumped travelers is delayed by more than a few hours it would mean payments of four times the value of a ticket, up to $1,300. Currently, that compensation is capped at $800.