Republicans Block Cohen’s Fair Airline Fees Amendment
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) expressed disappointment upon learning that his Forbid Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Fees Amendment was blocked by the Republican-led Rules Committee Tuesday night and will not receive a floor vote when the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill is debated on the House floor later this week.
He made the following statement:
“The FAIR Fees Amendment was a common sense remedy to the public’s growing frustration with unreasonable fees for cancelling or changing reservations or for baggage and other services. It would have required the FAA to review existing fees to see if they are reasonable and proportional to the actual costs borne by the airlines providing the services. I am pleased that language is in the Senate bill. I will continue to work with my colleagues to bring fairness to unreasonable and, yes, ridiculous, airline fees.”
The FAIR Fees amendment was supported by a variety of consumer groups, including National Consumers League, Travelers United and the Business Travel Coalition.
The Rules Committee is considering more than 200 amendments to the bill that reauthorizes Federal Aviation Administration programs through 2023. Congressman Cohen’s bipartisan Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) bill, introduced with Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., requiring the FAA to establish minimum seat sizes and minimum distances between rows to ensure that passengers can evacuate quickly and safely in an emergency, is included in the bill.