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DOT Proposes New Passenger Protections

On June 8, 2010, the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed to expand the requirements imposed on airlines to address extended on-board delay and provide other protections to passengers.  As previously reported in Airport Law News, DOT adopted rules in December 2009 prohibiting tarmac delays greater than three hours.  DOT proposes to expand the rules significantly by, for example, subjecting foreign air carriers to the rules, requiring contingency plans for small- and non-hub airports, requiring reports to DOT, increasing potential compensation for being involuntarily bumped from oversold flights, and demanding notice for baggage fee increases.  Comments must be submitted by August 9, 2010.