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Airline Passenger Protections

U.S. Department of Transportation Explicitly Bans the Use of Electronic Cigarettes on Commercial Flights

 WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a final rule that explicitly bans the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights.  The final rule applies to all scheduled flights of U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to, and from the U.S. “This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure to electronic cigarette aerosol that occurs when electronic cigarettes are used onboard airplanes,” said...

News Digest

DOT 61-13 DOT Fines Korean Air for Violating International Baggage Liability Rule.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has assessed a civil penalty of $60,000 against Korean Air for limiting its liability for mishandling checked baggage to an amount less than allowed by an international treaty.  After receiving consumer complaints, DOT’s Aviation Enforcement Office found that, in some instances, Korean Air limited reimbursement for delayed baggage to between $50 and...

Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections

The Department of Transportation is issuing a final rule to improve the air travel environment for consumers by: increasing the number of carriers that are required to adopt tarmac delay contingency plans and the airports at which they must adhere to the plan’s terms; increasing the number of carriers that are required to report tarmac delay information to the Department; expanding the group of carriers that are required to adopt, follow, and audit customer service plans and establishing...

The Department of Transportation is issuing a final rule to improve the air travel environment for consumers by: increasing the number of carriers that are required to adopt tarmac delay contingency plans and the airports at which they must adhere to the plan’s terms; increasing the number of carriers that are required to report tarmac delay information to the Department; expanding the group of carriers that are required to adopt, follow, and audit customer service plans and establishing...