Yesterday in the Senate Appropriations Committee members voted against the desires and benefit of their constituents by approving an increase in airport taxes that will add $32 to the average price of every airline ticket in America. This a $3.2 billion tax hike on every American who takes a flight in the US if it is approved by the full Senate and Congress.
Stop taxing passengers for using airports. Tax the surrounding communities who benefit from airports, too. TO: Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee SUBJECT: CONSUMERS WANT […]
Most Americans don’t realize that getting a bill passed through Congress (already a major accomplishment) is not enough. The executive department responsible for writing the regulations defining the legislation still must do their part before the laws can be enforced. DOT has been asleep at the switch. First, they did nothing during the last six months of the Obama administration. And now, the Trump administration has been AWOL for the first six months of this administration. Two major consumer protections are stuck in DOT Neverland — baggage fee refunds and families sitting together.
As the debate about reform of the air traffic control (ATC) system continues, those against changing the system are simply not accepting reality. Congress must remove the ATC operations from government control. After almost two decades of inaction and more money spent that was dedicated to sending a man to the moon, America still has a system mired in 1960’s technology.
ATC business support is critical for change The final vote is coming up for the FAA Reauthorization bill this September. Many of the organizations that […]
Congress is trying to pass yet another Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, a rare opportunity to help airline passengers by enacting meaningful consumer protections. It’s fast-moving legislation that may be all but decided by the time you read this. But the drafts of both the House and Senate bills offer a flight plan for air travelers during the next six years.
Airline IT failures are happening with increasing frequency and to a greater technical extent. The airline systems are complex and cobbled together from bits and pieces of different airlines as mergers over recent years have reduced airline competition. Recent problems have had global ramifications. Airline passengers should be compensated for disruptions caused by IT failures. Airlines should be responsible for their own computer systems.
When it comes to Congress and bills, the devil is in the details, in the amendments, and in negotiations when it comes to airline consumer protections. Travelers United has been working in the background to get the best deal possible for consumers and we continue to work. Everything from whether or not passengers are pulled off a flight in case of overbooking to the rights of those with disabilities fall under our jurisdiction. And, the rules don’t just magically fall into place. They take hard work making proposals and filing comments about the effects of different rules.
Consumer protections are improved in new Senate and House versions of the FAA bill. With the introduction the House and the Senate versions of the […]
the final price that consumers want to see is the total cost. Under this bill, the advertised price of my current ticket from Washington, DC, to Madrid, Spain, would be $240.50*. The asterisk is important because it will tell passengers in small type that this price is based on one-half of a round-trip ticket without mandatory taxes and fees. That asterisk adds another $374 to the total ticket. The actual price for this trip is $855.