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President Trump signs Bill that increases traveller protection

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorisation Bill signed into law by President Donald Trump last week includes a number of provisions that should benefit airline passengers travelling to and from the United States, INC reported.

The new law prohibits airlines from “bumping” passengers already seated on planes, authorises the FAA to regulate seat sizes, and requires airlines to issue refunds to travellers for services they did not receive.

The measure also sets minimum standards for rest times for flight attendants and sets up a consumer advocate hotline at the FAA where travellers can lodge complaints.

Other provisions include bans on e-cigarette use and cellphone voice calls during flights, empowering the FAA to require early boarding of pregnant women and checking of strollers; a prohibition on storing live animals in overhead luggage bins; and clearing the way for an FAA investigation into whether airlines use weather as an excuse for flight delays caused by other factors.

Access the bill can be accessed here

Dorine Reinstein
Dorine Reinstein
Dorine Reinstein is a seasoned travel writer and editor, who is passionate about retail travel as well as inbound tourism. She has written for award-winning publications. Dorine has completed her Honours Degree in English and Dutch Literature in Belgium as well as her Honours Degree in Drama in France. When moving to South Africa, she obtained her Advanced Journalism Diploma in Johannesburg. She has a knack for languages and can write effortlessly in English, Dutch and French.

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