New program mirrors lawmakers’ efforts to expand aviation consumer protections

Washington (April 17, 2024) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released the following statement after the Department of Transportation announced a new “Airline Passenger Protection Partnership” with state attorneys general to streamline investigations into violations of aviation consumer protection law. The announcement follows Senators Markey and Blumenthal’s efforts to include language in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act that would allow state attorneys general to enforce federal aviation consumer protection laws.

“The Airline Passenger Protection Partnership will expand the Department of Transportation’s ability to protect airline consumers from misleading and exploitative behavior by the airlines,” said Senators Markey and Blumenthal. “When it comes to unfair and deceptive practices in the aviation industry, traveling families are hurt most. By empowering state attorneys general, this program sends a clear message to airlines that federal and state regulators are watching closely for any violations of consumer rights. We commend the Biden administration and Secretary Buttigieg for launching this important program and will continue fighting to ensure that regulators have the tools and resources to protect travelers.”

Senators Markey and Blumenthal are longtime advocates for aviation consumer rights. The Senators have co-led several pieces of legislation, including the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights Act and the FAIR FEES Act, which significantly expand consumer protection laws for passengers.