Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | June 15, 2011

Airlines VS The Government part V: The Airlines Strike Back

Well I didn’t think it was possible, but we actually have a part 5 in our series of airlines vs the government! Looks like even though this all started back in April the airlines are claiming that late August, when the first part of the new regulations are supposed to take place, isn’t practical in order for them to get everything rolling. They want an extension so that the program wont take effect until next year instead of in a couple months. I’m not really sure what to think of this. I just calculated the days from when this series started to the day the first part was supposed to take effect and that was 133 days and yet the airlines are requesting an additional 180 days. I can’t be sure if that much time is required to actually put a new system into place along with the 133 days they will have already gotten if the original launch date holds or if they just want to spend that amount of time getting all the money they can before refunds kick in. The full story is below with the Associated Press reporting in “Airlines seek delay in new bag-fee regulations”

WASHINGTON (AP) – The airline industry is asking the U.S. government for a six-month delay in new passenger protections supported by consumer groups.

Three airline trade groups asked the Transportation Department to delay the rules into next year so that airlines can train employees and update computer systems.

The Transportation Department announced the wide-ranging rules in April. Changes included an increase in compensation for being bumped off a flight, a refund of bag fees when airlines lose the bags, and a requirement that advertised fares include taxes and government fees.

The airline groups asked last week for a 180-day delay for the advertising rule, scheduled to take effect Oct. 24, and the increased bumping compensation and other requirements, which are due to start Aug. 23.

They also asked the department to “clarify” some of the rules, such as letting airlines disclose baggage fees in an email or hyperlink rather than on the e-ticket confirmation as the department required.

The requests were made in a regulatory filing last week by the Air Transport Association of America, a group for big airlines; the Regional Airline Association, which represents smaller airlines; and the Air Carrier Association of America.

The groups said that their airlines “are preparing to make the required changes to their systems and programs, but they have quickly realized that the effective dates in the final rule are not practical.”


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