December 21, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON NEW RULES TO PROTECT AIR PASSENGERS DURING TRAVEL DELAYS

"Air travel is one of the safest and quickest modes of long distance travel, and today's announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) makes air travel all the safer. Lengthy delays are often an inconvenience beyond the control of the pilot and crew of an aircraft or the airline itself. But the airline passengers are paying customers of the airlines and they should be treated with respect as customers, not freight for delivery. Protecting public health is a serious safety matter and keeping upwards to 100 people or more confined in such close quarters as an airplane cabin for hours on end with little or no access to water or food is unhealthy and unsafe and unacceptable.
 
"Keeping air travelers safe is the top priority of DOT Federal Aviation Administration. Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall (BWI) is one of America's safest airports flying an average of 672 flights a day carrying more than 55,800 passengers to destinations all across the world. Today's announcement helps reinforce the importance of passenger safety and will greatly benefit the welfare and travel experience of the people who fly in and out of BWI Marshall and airports across the country."