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.