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Pelosi Statement on Obama Administration's Announcement of New Airline Passenger Protections

San Francisco - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement following the Department of Transportation's announcement of tough, new airline passenger protections:

'President Obama and Secretary LaHood are to be commended for taking strong steps to protect passengers from being stranded on planes for hours without access to food, water and working lavatories.  The new rules announced this week ensure these protections are extended to international flights, as well as dramatically increasing compensation for those passengers inconvenienced by airline overbooking and requiring refunds of bag fees for lost luggage.

'House Democrats, under the leadership of Congressman Mike Thompson who has championed the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights Act of 2011, will continue to work to ensure that these powerful consumer rights become the law of the land and to include the strongest possible consumer protections in the upcoming FAA reauthorization legislation.'