OTTAWA - A New Democrat member of Parliament introduced a private member's bill Tuesday that, if passed, would protect airline passengers by providing compensation to those who experience travelling troubles such as overbooked or cancelled flights.
The bill from Jim Maloway includes measures on compensation for overbooked flights, unreasonable tarmac delays, cancelled or delayed flights, the concern for late and lost luggage and all-inclusive pricing by airline companies in their advertising.
"The legislation is inspired by a European Union law, where over-bookings have dropped significantly," Maloway said in a statement Tuesday.
"Air Canada is already operating under the European laws for their flights in Europe. Why should an Air Canada customer receive better treatment in Europe than in Canada?"
Under the proposed law, airports and airlines would have to inform passengers of their rights and the process to file for compensation.