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11-December-2007 : Feeling Helpless? We Need A Passengers Bill Of Rights!
As passengers we know unfortunately that we are at the whim of the airlines. Whether you fly once a year or you often fly three times a day, once that door shuts and you pull away from the gate, you are at the whim and mercy of the airline.
As passengers we need need and deserve a Passengers Bill of Rights in the United States and in fact in every country. As a citizen of the U.S. I can only vote in the U.S., thus I can only try and try and help push for a U.S. Passengers Bill of Rights.
If you feel frustrated by being stranded on a plane on the ramp for a few hours or by airlines turning a blind eye and saying “Sorry it was an operational error” then you should sign the petitions that are currently being circulated to form a legal Passengers Bill of Rights!
Below are a few links to take a look at
The Coalition For An Airline Passenger’s Bill of Rights
Sign The Coalition For An Airline Passenger’s Bill of Rights Petition
Stranded Passengers Blog
The Travel Insider’s Four Part Article On The Passenger Bill of Rights
JetBlue’s Customer/Passenger Bill of Rights (it isn’t perfect but it is a start!)
For my neighbours up in the Great White North, you can learn about the PIAC’s Airline Passenger Bill of Rights here:
Being stranded can be frustrating. You can do something about you! You can contact your Member of Congress in Washington D.C. and tell them that you fully support the passing of a Passengers Bill of Rights!