NY Lawmakers Urge Passage of Passenger Bill of Rights
Monday, August 24, 2009
New York, NY –
Two New York legislators are calling for a federal law to protect air passengers from having to wait out delays in the cramped quarters of an airplane.
State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris and Senator Charles Schumer are calling on Congress to approve a "passenger bill of rights". The law would ensure travelers get access to food, water and restrooms after a certain amount of time has passed.
SCHUMER: The airlines can't just treat you as if you're a piece of luggage they can throw on the plane and can sit there forever.
On Friday, 100 passengers bound for Minnesota waited for six hours on the tarmac at JFK airport before their plane took off. The lawmakers say 52 percent of extreme U.S. air delays are flights coming in and out of New York City-area airports.