For the first time since the airline industry was deregulated in 1978, an advisory committee mandated by Congress is conducting hearings on the state of aviation consumer protections. Air travelers will be represented on the committee by Charlie Leocha, director of the Consumer Travel Alliance. Here are his opening remarks.
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The initial Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protections (ACACP) meeting, which is open to the public, will be held Thursday, June 28. The advisory committee is overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and will examine some of the recent dramatic changes in aviation consumer protections as a result of bankruptcies, low-fare start-ups, burgeoning airline fees, confusing codeshares and questionable international airline alliance antitrust immunity.
The Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protections (ACACP) meets for the first time today. This committee is charged with assessing how well the Department of Transportation (DOT) is enforcing current consumer protections and recommending new consumer protections. Reporting to the Secretary of Transportation and through his office to Congress, this committee brings aviation consumer protection to the highest levels.