Feds urge air­lines to end bump­ing of pas­sen­gers

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

MONTREAL – The fed­eral trans­port min­is­ter is urg­ing the coun­try’s air­lines to live up to the spirit of its pas­sen­ger bill of rights leg­is­la­tion, even be­fore it comes into force as ex­pected next year.

Marc Garneau called on air­line ex­ec­u­tives at a closed-door meet­ing Fri­day to en­sure chil­dren can be seated next to a par­ent at no ex­tra charge and vol­un­tar­ily stop re­mov­ing pas­sen­gers from full flights against their will.

“I sense a very con­struc­tive ap­proach from the point of view of the in­dus­try,” he said af­ter the meet­ing that at­tracted al­most 30 air­line, air­port and tourism of­fi­cials.

The bill in­tro­duced this week is part of a pack­age of amend­ments to the Canada Trans­porta­tion Act that also raises the cap on for­eign own­er­ship in air­lines and re­quires rail­ways to in­stall voice and video recorders in lo­co­mo­tives.

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