Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director at U.S. Public Interest Research Group, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that Congress should enact an airline passenger’s "Bill of Rights" to protect those bumped off a flight or simply delayed on the ground.
“A broad coalition of consumer groups believes you should have a right to water to drink when you’re trapped on a plane for eight hours,” Mierzwinski said Monday. “The money hasn’t changed in 25 years that you’re given when you take a bump. We’re only asking that there be minimum standards. We’re not asking to get rid of the deregulation that has provided all kinds of new flights to some cities and lower prices to some consumers. We simply want people imprisoned on planes to be fairly treated.”
But Aaron Gellman, professor of transportation at Northwestern University, said Congressional action will cut the number of flights available to travelers and drive up ticket costs.