House lawmakers studying new fines for baggage delays

03/10/2009 | Aviation Daily

The Air Transport Association is opposing a move by the House of Representatives to impose new penalties for mishandled baggage. Given that most airlines are charging "additional fees for checked baggage," lawmakers want the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study for establishing "minimum standards to compensate a passenger in the case of an unreasonable delay in the delivery of checked baggage." ATA responds that bag delays can be caused by weather, ramp congestion and even poor design of airport bag-claim areas. "It is unreasonable to expect an airline to incur costs for delayed bags when the vast majority of delays are driven by factors beyond the airline's control," ATA says.

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