The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would give more rights to flyers in the U.S.
This bill still needs to go to the Senate before it is fully passed, which will probably happen around next month. It was passed by a vote of 393-13.
A few things the bill would do:
- Force the FAA to set regulations on minimum seat size
- Ban all airlines from bumping passengers who have already boarded the aircraft
- Force airlines to be more descriptive on their websites with their explanation of compensation options for diverted passengers
- installation of secondary barrier on the cockpit door
- banning in-flight voice calls
- Keep ATC public rather than private for the next 5 years
If passed in the Senate, the bill would stay in effect for 5 years.
Overall I think this bill is great for flyers. One thing I am very interested to see is what the minimum pitch requirements for seats will be. In the hypothetical situation that is 29 (which probably won’t be the case), it could really screw over ULCC’s like Frontier who provide such abysmal legroom to begin with.