Transportation. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said the recent turmoil in the commercial airline sector has provided a “strange irony” that could prompt a renewed push for adopting an airline passengers’ bill of rights, co-authored with Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. “Our chances increase for a bad reason,” Boxer said, adding that recent flight cancellations by several airlines for safety reasons only adds to passenger frustration. American Airlines announced another mass cancelation of flights today as its MD-80 fleet continues to undergo inspections of wiring bundles. The bill, which requires airlines to provide passengers stranded on a plane sitting on a tarmac with food, water and working restrooms, is included in the FAA reauthorization bill that the Senate has not acted on. Coalition for the Passengers’ Bill of Rights, Health and Safety Director Kate Hanni said she received assurances from Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus’ office that Baucus will be meeting with Senate Commerce Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., to discuss working out a deal on taxes on airlines and general aviation so they can move the FAA bill.
This article appears in the April 12, 2008 edition of National Journal Daily PM Update.