The Department of Transportation (DOT) may amend the rules of passenger compensation for airline oversales or “bumping.”
The current bumping legislation was adopted in 1962. In the case of oversold flights, it requires an airline to ask for volunteers who will give up their seats before they can bump randomly chosen passengers. Should the airline be able to provide transportation for the bumped passengers to their desired destination within two hours of their original planned arrival time for domestic flights or four hours for international routes, the compensation due is the amount of the passenger’s fare with a $200 maximum.
The compensation doubles to a $400 maximum if the carrier is unable to meet these deadlines.
The DOT is encouraging public opinion on any potential changes. One major change that is being discussed is whether to raise the compensation limits and by how much.
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