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Lipinski Reacts to House Passing Five-Year FAA Reauthorization

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives approved the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018:

“This five-year reauthorization bill will enable the Federal Aviation Administration to continue investing in the nation’s airports and aviation facilities, integrating new technologies and maintaining the safest aviation system in the world.  While this bill could have been better at protecting passengers and facilitating airport upgrades, I was able to include several key provisions that will improve the travel experience for airline passengers.

“Those provisions include increased protections for consumers buying airline tickets from online travel sites, clean-energy vehicles at airports that will protect the environment, and disclosure rules that will help promote the purchase of American-made goods.  I was also able to include an amendment requiring the Government Accountability Office to study the costs and burdens imposed on travelers when airline computer network malfunctions lead to widespread delays, and I cosponsored an amendment requiring airports to select from the best qualified contractors when using taxpayer dollars for construction projects.

“In addition, I offered an amendment that would require airlines to place a passenger who is delayed for more than three hours onto another air carrier if that would be the quickest way to get the passenger to their destination.  This would only apply to delays caused by an event in the airline’s control.  It would also require airlines to provide hotel and meal accommodations during lengthy delays.  Unfortunately, I was unable to overcome heavy lobbying by the airlines and this amendment was defeated.  But my fight for consumer protections will not stop, and I did receive a commitment from committee leadership that they will work with me on future passenger protections.”