New US ‘Passenger Protections’

US DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DOT) regulations aimed at providing protection’ for airline passengers came into effect in August.  They boost compensation for involuntarily ‘bumped’ passengers and impose a four-hour tarmac delay limit on international flights at US airports.
Earlier this year, airlines had initially opposed the rules, which were regarded by many as unwarranted government intervention.  However, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the regulations were needed to “ensure that air travellers receive the respect they deserve before, during and after their flight.”
Domestic US flights are already governed by a three-hour limit before delayed aircraft must return to airport gates to allow passengers to deplane if they choose