Blumenthal to announce Airline Passenger Bill of Rights on Monday

In light of the highly publicized removal of a doctor from an overbooked United Airlines flight last week, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal plans to announce legislation Monday “to provide clear, enforceable rights to airline passengers.”

Blumenthal plans to make the announcement at 11:30 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

On Sunday, Blumenthal’s office said his Airline Passenger Bill of Rights “will call for minimum cash compensation for involuntary bumping, limitations on the use of police to forcibly remove passengers, and restrictions on airlines’ ability to bump passengers to accommodate crew or elite-level flyers, among other measures to address unreasonable delays, excessive fees and unfair consumer practices.”

“The brutal and shocking incident on board United Flight 3411 was the latest disturbing evidence supporting the urgent need for a Passenger Bill of Rights. Whether it is overbooked planes, delayed flights or lost-luggage, laws in place to protect consumers have been frequently and flagrantly ignored by airlines more concerned with profits than passengers. I will be leading efforts in Congress to provide clear, enforcement rights for airline passengers, and new, stronger protections to ensure that airlines respect those laws—or pay the price,” Blumenthal said Sunday in a news release announcing the legislation.

The bill would also give passengers the ability to sue airlines for what Blumenthal called “unfair and deceptive practices” such as tarmac delays, undisclosed fees, price gouging, chronically late flights or health and safety risks.

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