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ICYMI: Senator Hassan’s TICKETS Act included in Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan applauded the inclusion of the TICKETS Act, which she introduced with Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), in the bipartisan legislation Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) released to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Senators Hassan and Schatz introduced the Transparency, Improvements, and Compensation to Keep Every Ticketholder Safe (TICKETS) Act to strengthen consumer protections for the flying public and help prevent future incidents like the horrific one that occurred on United Flight 3411. Senator Hassan is a member of the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

See below for coverage from The Hill:

… The Senate bill would also require a federal review of airline’s overselling policies and require air carriers to clearly specify their boarding and bumping practices on a passenger’s flight itinerary, receipt or other direct form of communication.

The language comes in direct response to a passenger being violently dragged off a United Airlines flight earlier this year.

Videos that emerged on social media showed security officers forcibly removing a 69-year-old man from his seat and dragging him down the aisle by his wrists.

The dragging incident sparked international outrage and put a spotlight on the industry’s customer service policies, fueling a push in Congress to create new passenger rights.

“I am pleased that the bipartisan FAA reauthorization bill includes the TICKETS Act, which I introduced to strengthen consumer protections for the flying public and to prevent further incidents like the one that occurred on United Airlines Flight 3411 from happening again,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).

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