Summary: H.R.5453 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5453. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (08/02/1990)

Airline Passengers Defense Act of 1990 - Directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish in the Department of Transportation an Office of Airline Passenger Advocacy.

Establishes the Office of Airline Passenger Advocacy Advisory Group.

Amends the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 to prohibit air carriers from cancelling a flight within 72 hours of its scheduled departure time for any reason, except for safety reasons or the absence of any passengers at such departure time. Requires air carriers which cancel such flights for safety-related reasons to report to the Secretary on the cancellation, the reasons for it, and actions taken to resolve the safety-related problem. Requires air carriers to notify their passengers of any delays of 15 minutes or more in the departure or arrival of scheduled flights.

Requires an air carrier which cancels a flight in violation of this Act, or alters stopping places of such flight for any reason other than safety, to compensate passengers.

Prohibits on-time performance of regularly scheduled flights from being 30 percent or less in any consecutive three-month period.

Requires the Secretary to establish in the Office of Airline Passenger Advocacy a toll-free telephone number system for receiving passenger complaints relating to air service.

Sets forth requirements relating to: (1) ticket information; and (2) lost or damaged baggage claims.

Sets forth civil penalties for economic cancellations and consistently delayed flights by air carriers.