Van Hollen backs bill in wake of United flap

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Sen. Chris Van Hollen in­tro­duced the Cus­tomers Not Cargo Act in the wake of the vi­ral video of a pas­sen­ger be­ing forcibly re­moved from a United Ex­press flight.

The Mary­land Demo­crat ex­plained Thurs­day on CNN’s “New Day” that “If you have a sit­u­a­tion like this in the fu­ture, the air­line does not have the right to come up to a pas­sen­ger and say to you, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta get off this air­plane.’”

He said air­lines should in­crease the amount of money they’re will­ing to of­fer to get vol­un­teers to give up their seats.

“There will be a point that pas­sen­gers do that on a vol­un­tary ba­sis,” Mr. Van Hollen said.

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