New Consumer Rules Proposed For Air Travel

06.03.10 |

Air travelers could have new protections under a set of proposals from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood revealed the proposals Wednesday. The new regulations would give more compensation to fliers bumped involuntarily from flights and would allow passengers to make and cancel reservations within 24 hours without paying a penalty. The new rule would increase compensation for bumped passengers from as little as 400-dollars now to as much as 13-hundred dollars. The proposal also requires fuller disclosure of fees and prices. LaHood said the new provisions would, quote, "raise the bar for airlines when it comes to treating passengers fairly."