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S. 947 (115th): TICKETS Act

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A 69-year-old United Airlines passenger was bloodied and knocked unconscious by security, then forcibly dragged off the airplane before takeoff in April, despite the passenger having purchased a valid flight ticket. Videos of the incident taken by fellow passengers received millions of views, creating a public relations disaster for United Airlines.

Yet the incident was caused due to a legal loophole that could be tightened with legislation. That’s what a Senate bill called the TICKETS Act aims to do. Introduced on April 26, a few weeks after the April 9 incident, the bill is labeled S. 947 in the Senate.

The context

To understand the shortcoming in U.S. law, it helps to examine what caused the infamous United incident.

To make space for four United staffers on a ...

Sponsor and status

Margaret “Maggie” Hassan

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New Hampshire. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 26, 2017
Length: 4 pages
Apr 26, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 26, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Apr 26, 2017

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S. 947 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 947. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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