IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 26, 2017
Ms. Hassan (for herself, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Markey, Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Cortez Masto, Mr. Franken, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Casey, and Mr. Menendez) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To protect passengers on flights in air transportation from being denied boarding involuntarily, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Transparency Improvements and Compensation to Keep Every Ticketholder Safe Act of 2017 or the
Protection of passengers from being denied boarding involuntarily
Right To fly of boarded passengers
An air carrier may not, on or after the date of the enactment of this Act, deny boarding a flight operated by the air carrier to a passenger without the consent of the passenger once the passenger is approved by the gate attendant to clear the boarding area and board the flight unless the passenger presents a safety, security, or health risk, as determined by the Secretary of Transportation.
Elimination of limitation on compensation for being denied boarding
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall revise the regulations under part 250 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, to eliminate the dollar amount limitations under paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsections (a) and (b) of section 250.5 of such title on the amount of compensation that may be provided to a passenger who is denied boarding involuntarily.
Limitation on number of seats that may be oversold
In revising under subsection (b) the regulations under part 250 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, the Secretary shall—
determine whether a limitation on the number of seats that may be oversold for a flight is necessary; and
if the Secretary determines that such a limitation is necessary, consider whether to impose such a limitation based on a percentage of the seats available on an aircraft.
Regulations relating to accommodation of air carrier employees
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prescribe regulations requiring an air carrier seeking accommodation on a flight for an employee of the air carrier or another air carrier to check that employee in for the flight not later than 60 minutes before the flight is scheduled to depart.
Notice of policies of air carriers on oversold flights
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prescribe regulations requiring—
an air carrier, or other entity selling tickets for flights in passenger air transportation, to specify, on a passenger's flight itinerary and receipt, the policies of the air carrier operating the flight with respect to oversold flights and with respect to requiring passengers to give up seats to employees of the air carrier; and
an air carrier to post those policies publicly at each gate of the air carrier at an airport.
Air carrier defined
In this section, the term air carrier means an air carrier or foreign air carrier, as those terms are defined in section 40102 of title 49, United States Code.