The new Congress will take up a new bill from Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, that aims to protect airline passengers stuck on grounded airplanes. The legislation would require carriers "to offer passengers the option of safely deplaning once they have sat on the ground for three hours after the plane door has closed," said FlyersRights.org, formerly the Coalition for Airline Passenger Bill of Rights.

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