Consumer Reports recently reported that the Department of Transportation issued a final airline passenger protection rule. It clarifies regulations regarding bumping passengers and mishandling baggage and will take effect in April 2021.

The highlights of the rule are:

  • Prohibiting involuntary bumping of passengers
  • Raising compensation for bumped passengers
  • Clarifying requirements to notify passengers about oversold flights
  • Removing any maximum limits on compensation for denied boarding
  • Applying these rules to foreign airlines operating within the United States
  • Raising compensation for mishandled baggage

Airlines will no longer be able to put the onus of oversold flights on passengers. Read more about this topic here.