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New Bill Aims To Stop Airlines From Forcibly Removing Passengers

New Bill Aims To Stop Airlines From Forcibly Removing Passengers

Citing what he says is a “widespread problem,” Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen announced that he will introduce legislation designed to prevent airlines from forcibly removing ticketed passengers from flights.

The Maryland lawmaker is circulating a letter on Capitol Hill asking for support for his “Customers Not Cargo Act,” which the letter says will “prohibit airlines from forcibly removing passengers after they have already boarded the plane due to oversales or airline staff seeking to fly as passengers.” The legislation comes amid calls for congressional hearings about passenger rights after the emergence of a video showing United Airlines having a passenger dragged off a plane scheduled to fly from Chicago to Louisville over the weekend.
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