Tell Airlines & Senators tht EVERYONE MATTERS: No more BOOTING CUSTOMERS from FULL PLANES
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We’ve all read and seen Doctor Dao dragged screaming from an overbooked United flight by the police, suffering a concussion, broken nose and teeth.
It’s been a learning lesson for millions of citizens - and politicians: airlines have the UNILATERAL RIGHT to remove - whether peacefully or by force, if they choose - any peaceful, law-abiding person already on board a plane who is unwilling to give up their seat as a volunteer, or through financial incentive federally capped at $1350.
We are demanding that all airlines individually and collectively through the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to commit in writing to no longer forcing any law-abiding passenger to unwillingly give up their seat on an overbooked flight, either at the gate or on board the plane.
We also want to support the “CUSTOMER NOT CARGO Act” currently being drafted by Maryland Senator Chris Von Hallen that would “prohibit airlines from forcibly removing passengers after they have already boarded the plane due to oversales or airline staff seeking to fly as passengers.” The bill would direct the Department of Transportation to raise the ceiling on its currently-legislated amount ($1350) that airlines are legally allowed to offer a customer to give up their seat. The public, offered sufficient financial incentive, would voluntarily give up a seat, and airlines would have sufficient negotiating leverage to avoid an escalating situation.
Sign the petition to tell United Airlines and the other airlines; the Department of Transportation which regulates travel; the International Air Transport Association, the umbrella organization for the airlines; and Senators in the Senate who will be invited to sign Senator Von Hallen’s bill: EVERYONE MATTERS.
No more booting customers from overbooked airplanes.
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