Column: EU's passenger rights go beyond those in the U.S.

07/14/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The European Union requires airlines to cover the cost of hotel rooms and meals for passengers when their flights are canceled or delayed. If the problem is the carrier's fault, it must pay penalties as high as about $750. The law applies to any EU carrier flying to or from Europe as well as American airlines flying from the EU. But collecting from a U.S. carrier could be difficult.

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