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N.Y. is First State to OK a 'Fliers' Bill of Rights'

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posted on Aug, 4 2007 @ 06:56 PM
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N.Y. is First State to OK a 'Fliers' Bill of Rights'


rawstory.com

New York is the first state to respond with legislation, signed this week by Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

"The bottom line is people that are stuck on a plane for more than three hours should be able to use a bathroom, should be able to breathe fresh air and should be able to get a drink of water," said Assemblyman Michael Gianaris, D-Queens.
(visit the link for the full news article)


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[edit on 6-8-2007 by UM_Gazz]




posted on Aug, 4 2007 @ 06:56 PM
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This legislation was in part due to an incident on St. Valentine's Day when there was an ice storm and passengers were stuck in a plane for over 9 hours, with no fresh air, no drinks or food, and overflowing restrooms.

The law will take effect Jan. 1st and will require airlines to provide the following for any plane that has left the gate and then sits on the tarmac for more than 3 hours:

1)an electric generator for fresh air and lights

2)removal of waste from holding tanks

3)and drinking water and snacks

I don't think this is asking too much of the airlines when people are stuck in their planes for over 3 hours.

But the Air Transport Association trade group apparently does, they say that customer service can't be legislated and that the law is a violation of federal law.

The Air Transport Association is contemplating challenging the New York legislation.

Jeez, I think it's the least they can do is provide fresh air, lighting, water, snacks and working restrooms for their passengers when they are stuck on their plane for more than three hours. That's almost like being held hostage.

rawstory.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 4/8/07 by Keyhole]



posted on Aug, 16 2007 @ 04:53 PM
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Here is another incident where passengers aboard an airliner were forced to stay on a plane on the tarmac for 5 hours, but these passengers "revolted".

Continental Passengers Revolt After Sitting On Tarmac For 5 Hours

Will July 29, go down in history as airline traveler's Stonewall? 120 passengers staged a protest aboard Continental Flight 1669 after waiting on the runway for over five hours.

So passengers began drumming in unison on the overhead bins. The crew freaked out, one steward admonished them "for destroying airline property," and eventually the police were called, who boarded the plane and disembarked the passengers Continental had said were "becoming violent."

70 of the passengers later signed a petition which said:

We did not have water, food, toilet paper.. The toilets were clogged and completely unsanitary. Moreover, there were a number of children and older and special-needs passengers, including a diabetic and a pregnant woman, who desperately needed attention.



Not to mention just sitting there, bored to death with no water, food, or working restrooms, but what if the flight they were on also had a 2 hour flight ahead of it?

They would also have to endure these conditions during that 2 hour flight also.



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