Friday, August 6, 2010
The 2009 FAA Reauthorization Act may be stalled in Congress, by Washington lawmakers aren't taking a rest on imposing new (and arguably needless) regulations on the airline industry. Last week, the House introduced H.R. 5930 for the purpose of "impos[ing] limitations on airline practices concerning the expiration of tickets for air transportation, and for other purposes." A full copy of the proposed law is available here.
In addition to barring airlines from selling a ticket "that expires before the last day of the 3-year period beginning on the date of issuance," the new law would grant the Department of Transportation broad powers to prohibit "restrictions, penalities, or fees" the Department finds "unreasonable" for "rescheduling the itinerary of a passenger named on a ticket . . . if the rescheduling is requested before the ticket expires."