The Department of Transportation has reestablished the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC or Committee), formerly known as the Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protection, as a Federal advisory committee. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (FAA Act), signed by President Trump on October 5, 2018, extended the authorization for the ACACP from September 30, 2018 to September 30, 2023. The ACPAC will evaluate current aviation consumer protection programs and provide recommendations to the Secretary for improving them, as well as recommend any additional consumer protections that may be needed.
The Department has also established a National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force (Task Force) as an ACPAC Subcommittee as mandated by the FAA Act. The Task Force will review current practices, protocols and requirements of U.S. airlines in responding to and reporting allegations of sexual misconduct by passengers on board aircraft. It will also provide recommendations to the ACPAC on best practices relating to training, reporting, and data collection regarding incidents of sexual misconduct by passengers onboard commercial aircraft. The Task Force's Charter is available here.
Committee documents are available online at www.regulations.gov, Docket number DOT-OST-2018-0190.
The ACPAC’s Charter, drafted in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, sets forth policies for the operation of the advisory committee and is available online on the FACA Database.
- April 2019 Meeting: The first meeting of the ACPAC was held on April 4, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The committee discussed: (1) the establishment of the National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force (including the tasks to be carried out by the Task Force); (2) transparency of airline ancillary service fees; and (3) involuntary changes to travel itineraries. For more information, click here.
The Secretary selected committee members for their expertise as well as their willingness and ability to actively participate in meeting the ACPAC's objective. The committee members are:
- Pete K. Rahn, Maryland Secretary of Transportation, as the State or local government representative and Chair of the ACPAC.
- Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, as the airport operator representative.
- Frances Smith, Adjunct Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute, as the consumer representative.
- Patricia Vercelli, General Counsel, Airlines for America, as the airline representative.
Previous Committee Activity
To view previous activities of the Committee, including Reports to the Secretary, click here.