DOT's enhanced consumer-protection rules will start next week

08/17/2011 | Travel Weekly

Some of the Department of Transportation's enhanced consumer-protection policies, such as the expanded tarmac-delay rule and increased compensation for bumped passengers, are scheduled to take effect Aug. 23. The new tarmac-delay rule will now apply to international flights with a limit of up to four hours, but domestic flights will remain at three hours. On the same note, passengers who are bumped from a flight can receive a maximum of $1,300 in the new bumped-passenger compensation ruling.

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