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June 3, 2010 11:43 pm

The airline companies should be aware of the coming flight delay before boarding. Holding passengers in the plane simply gives them the ability to make more money by re-using the gate for another flight.

They can re-use the gate if the plane is taxied to the wait area and back when flight could proceed, while passengers wait in the waiting area.

I suggest limit the duration of stay onboard to the time required to taxi the plane to a waiting area away from the gates, and back plus, say, half an hour. That would make it total of hour and a half to two hours maximum.

June 4, 2010 12:02 am

The proposed compensation for bumping should be such, that ailine companies would be motivated to keep on average 1 to 2 seats on any flight unoccupied – for other bumped passengers or emergency personnel to use. The compensation should, however, at least cover all consequential expences of the traveller besides fare. This way, a passenger will have maximum compensation that would still allow airline not raise fares because of this rule.
2. The compensation should not depend on the plane size.
3. The compensation should be the same for all tickets, zero fare or not.
4. All compensation options, as well as compensation amounts, should be announced to passengers when asking for volunteers.

June 4, 2010 12:11 am

Yes, 30 min delay is a reasonable trigger. Yes, 30 min response time limit is reasonable, but special circumstances should be included, i.e., technical issues as breakdown of comms etc. DOT should mention “all available methods” – that is okay. This rule should apply to all domestic airlines; foreing might be excluded.

June 4, 2010 12:17 am

Yes to one way fare proposal! NO, no wiggle room: all fare prices should be as stated and final! All this caveats are just indended to provide sellers with means to mislead customers into thinking the fare could be smaller than it is!

Yes, ticket sellers will incur costs to adjust the websites and selling practices; however, these are the costs they incurred for unfair advertizing at the moment they created their current web sites and other means of semi-deceptive sales!

June 4, 2010 12:23 am

Information on the fees should appear everywhere information on ticket prices appear. Sum of all fees should always be listed – max and min amounts, with ability to get to all separate fees if desired. Full fare price should not include fees for traditionally provided services, but fee range for them should be indicated. The rules should apply to all US carriers regardless of size. The baggage fee for a flight should be set to the smallest one between code-sharing partners.

June 4, 2010 12:21 am

Thanks for your insightful comments, Msolo. What does the rest of the room think about the idea of keeping 1-2 seats unoccupied prior to flight? Should this apply to all flights?

June 4, 2010 12:39 am

Full price with breakout of optional items should always be with the price – online, at ticket agents, etc. Code-share arrangements should be the same as those of the airline issuing the ticket.

I think that 3 months is not long enough for many infrequent travelers. But if the optional (i.e. NOT provided w/o fee) items are clearly listed upon ticket reservation/purchase, that should suffice.

I think that separate charges for choosing your seat, having one carry on & one checked bag & access to water and restroom are nuts and should not happen. Snacks, blankets, OK, although these days we all look like campers getting on with pillows, extra jackets, meals (and only from inside security no less), and as much carry-on as will fit. Counterproductive!

June 8, 2010 5:41 am

It’s unclear to me why foreign airlines should be excluded from this rule.

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