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New rules from the Department of Transportation for airline passengers

Posted at 8:29 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 12:17:56-05

(KTNV) — New rules from the Department of Transportation when it comes to air travel.

The amount of money passengers must be offered to change their flight is going up.

Depending on the delay time, it starts at nearly $800.

More will be paid for mishandled baggage.

Another rule prohibits any involuntary bumping of airline passengers who have already boarded.

There is no cap on what an airline can pay a passenger who's denied boarding, voluntary or involuntary.

"We basically laid out a set of proposals saying the burden should be on the airlines, not on the passengers. If you've oversold. The flight. If you have 102 passengers and 100 seats. It's up to you to figure out what to do," says Bill McGee from Consumer Reports.

The new airline passenger protection rule takes effect in April.