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New Protections For Air Travelers Set To Land In 2011

First Posted: 01/01/11 10:16 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

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DailyFinance:

Some positive developments are on the horizon for America's beleaguered air travelers in 2011. I wish I could say that the changes will mean less crowded planes, more legroom in coach, and an easier experience in clearing security, but that's probably too much to wish for. Still, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood seems intent on raising the bar for the treatment of airline passengers.

Among the new rules likely to be finalized next April are mandates for greater transparency in airline pricing, higher reimbursements for bumped passengers and an expansion of the rule that requires U.S. airlines to let passengers off a plane if a tarmac delay exceeds three hours to cover foreign airlines as well

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