The brand new bipartisan Aviation Client Safety Advisory Committee (ACPAC) Modernization Act was launched within the Home of Representatives on Thursday, June 1, proposing to increase the advisory physique’s membership to incorporate a devoted journey advisor consultant.
In accordance with the U.S. Division of Transportation, the ACPAC’s objective “is to judge current aviation shopper safety applications and supply suggestions to the Secretary for bettering and establishing further aviation shopper safety applications. Pursuant to statute, ACPAC membership consists of 1 consultant every of U.S. airways, shopper teams, airports, and State or native governments.”
The advisory physique was created in 2012. The physique not too long ago met to debate the 2 main DOT regulatory proposals, on ticket refunds and transparency in airline charges. An advisor consultant would add an necessary voice to the dialog surrounding the way forward for aviation shopper safety applications.
The brand new invoice was proposed by Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV), Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Congressman Marc Molinaro (R-NY).
“We commend Congresswoman Titus and her colleagues for recognizing that including a journey company consultant to this key committee will improve the work and effectiveness of the ACPAC,” mentioned Zane Kerby, ASTA’s President & CEO. “Advocating for airline shoppers is what journey advisors do daily, and roughly half of all airline tickets within the U.S. are bought by the company channel. Giving these small enterprise house owners, 70 % of whom are girls, an elevated voice within the DOT regulatory course of will assist the Division meet its shopper safety mission.”
The invoice, which is formally named H.R. 3780, is among the many coverage points ASTA’s 250 journey advisors and suppliers will advocate for throughout the annual ASTA Legislative Day 2023, on June 20-21.
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