How the Canadian Government Is Protecting Us From United Airlines

The Background 

After last month’s debacle in the U.S it was only a matter of time, and now Canadian Transportation Minister Marc Garneau has introduced a Passenger Bill of Rights. (Surprisingly, the U.S. has had one since 2002 and Europe’s has been in place since ’05.) The legislation is meant to protect travellers, making sure that all passengers know their rights and entitlements. If a Canadian should find their travel plans disrupted by events that are “within the airline’s control,” the bill will outline exactly what the traveller is entitled to in regards to service and compensation. But the most important part of the bill is related to how airlines can treat their passengers: they’ll no longer be able to charge parents extra to sit with young children or remove passengers from airplanes involuntarily due to overbooking. (Unfortunately, it appears that good food is still a privilege, not a right.) CBC

Why You Should Care

Because that United video scared the crap out of all of us..and it’s important that our government does everything it can to protect us from it ever happening again. On top of that, we’ve all been casualties of cancelled or delayed flights and it’s important to know what our rights are the next time it happens. (Let’s hope for more than a $10 airport food voucher.)

The Gist

Transportation Minister Marc Garneau introduced a new Passenger Bill of Rights yesterday, proposing legislation that will protect travellers and clearly outline their rights and entitlements. It will now to go Parliament to debate, but the Liberals hope to have it passed and in place by 2018.