DOT Heeds Lipinski's Call to Require Airlines to Reimburse Baggage Fees When Luggage is Lost or Delayed

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) applauded Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s proposal to require airlines to reimburse checked-baggage fees in cases where they lose luggage or deliver it late. Congressman Lipinski is the author of a similar measure that is part of the House version of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization.
“Now that sky-high baggage fees are ubiquitous, passengers have a right to expect better service from the airlines,” Congressman Lipinski said. “But the billions of dollars in new revenues that airlines are collecting from baggage fees don’t seem to have led to any noticeable improvements in baggage handling and delivery. The rule that Secretary LaHood has proposed would ensure that when airlines force passengers to pay to check a bag, they have an incentive to get it to its destination in a timely fashion. Having included a measure in the House version of the FAA reauthorization that would require the Government Accountability Office to study baggage delays and make recommendations for the mandatory compensation of passengers, I believe this regulation represents a common-sense way to hold the airlines accountable and ensure the public is treated fairly.”
(June 2, 2010)


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