FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Gives the Nod to Passenger's Rights, Both in the Air and On the Ground

In a surprising turnaround of its usual tilt toward the interests of the aviation industry, the United States House of Representatives included in the initial version of the six year budget reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (“Reauthorization Act”), a number of provisions that appear to address the long smoldering, and vociferously expressed, concerns of the flying public with, among other things, the unannounced “bumping” of passengers with reservations and paid tickets to make way for airline employees; airline employees’ difficulty in dealing with passengers in such stressful situations; the size and orientation of aircraft seats that have been radically shrinking in order to make room for more passengers; and even the absence of ground transportation accessing the airport itself.  First, Reauthorization Act, § 406, amends the underlying Federal Aviation…

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