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OST-03-14334

 


Airline Cancellation Penalties

OST-03-14334 January 17, 2003
Docketed January 22, 2003
Petition for Rulemaking

Word Document

Airline Cancellation Penalties

Petition of Joel Kaufman requesting the Department of Transportation to adopt rules that bar disproportionate penalties when an airline cancels a flight, and when a passenger cancels a reservation.

By: Joel Kaufman

Order 03-03-11
OST-03-14334
Issued and Served March 18, 2003 Order of Dismissal Airline Cancellation Penalties

By:  Read C. Van de Water


Airline Cancellation Penalties

OST-03-14334 April 7, 2003 Petition for Reconsideration Airline Cancellation Penalties

The Order of Dismissal erroneously fails to address the argument that disproportionate cancellation penalties pose a threat to public health because passengers are more likely to fly and spread disease while sick under such circumstances. This is sufficiently common sensical that the Department was unreasonable to require specific evidence. It constitutes an especially serious error at a time when the World Health Organization has recognized that Severe Accute Respiratory Disease could be transmitted to fellow passengers on a commercial airliner. See Washington Post, April 6, 2003 at page E1. Petitioner recognizes that passengers with full blown SARS will generally not be permitted passage, but passengers in an earlier stage of that disease or with other communicable diseases are more likely to endager the public health due to unreasonable cancellation penalties.

By:  Joel Kaufman


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