Momentum on the airline passenger bill of rights appears to be picking up, and now the Coalition for an Airline Passenger Bill of Rights (CAPBOR) has a new supporter, The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA). The AFA-CWA announced its support in a June 5th press release.
From the press release: “A Passenger Bill of Rights will be an empty promise until Congress enacts serious aviation policy reforms such as substantial investments to update and upgrade our air traffic control system; increases in funding for Airport Improvement Projects (AIPs); a carry-on baggage policy that applies to every airline and every flight; ensuring Essential Air Service (EAS) to small communities; improving cabin air quality for crewmembers and passengers; and providing a safe working environment on board aircraft for flight attendants,” said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President.
My take: I’m surprised it took this long for AFA-CWA and CAPBOR to link up. While I remain skeptical that a legislative solution will be the end-all panacea that many “Bill of Rights” supporters believe it will be, I don’t think there’s any question that the air travel system is reaching a breaking point, and something has to be done. I’ll offer some suggestions in an upcoming post.