Canada column for Sunday, May 28/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Canadian flyers will be getting their own bill of rights from the government that will end the practise of “bumping” people against their will.
Bumping has been the subject of ugly scenes recently on several U.S. airlines and will be part of the changes expected to become law next year.
Even before that happens, Transport Minister Marc Garneau wants the country’s airlines to live up to the spirit of its bill.
He has called on airline executives to voluntarily stop removing passengers from full flights against their will and to ensure that children can be seated next to a parent at no extra cost.
The bill would set minimum levels of compensation for people who voluntarily agree to be bumped.
It would also make airlines establish clear standards of treatment and compensation for circumstances such as lost or damaged luggage, delays while sitting on the tarmac and other non-weather related issues.
The amendments would raise the cap on foreign ownership in airlines and require railways to install voice and video recorders in locomotives.