After the reversal of the NY Passenger Bill of Rights and all the airlines shutting down the past couple weeks, things have been looking pretty grim for passengers. It looks like the government may have done something good on this front, however. It was announced that the maximum compensation for denied boarding on a flight will be doubled, to $800 from the current $400. This covers involuntary denied boarding only, not what they have to offer you when they ask for volunteers, and if you’re on a cheap ticket (good luck finding one of those!) you only get 2x the ticket value, so the number may actually be lower. But this is a good start. It still needs to be published in the Federal Register, and it takes effect 30 days after that. Figure the end of May or early June.
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