Myth Buster: Air Passenger Bill with no Rights

May 17, 2017

It is our unfortunate duty to caution the public about the wealth of misinformation that has been circulating about the Air Passenger Bill (C-49).

Myth: Bill C-49 “spells out in clear language that no one can be involuntarily removed from a plane due to overbooking”

Fact: Bill C-49 contains no such language.

Myth: Bill C-49 “spells out compensation for air travellers”

Fact: Bill C-49 contains no provisions requiring airlines to compensate passengers. It passes the buck to the Canadian Transportation Agency to create compensation rules at some point in the future.

See also: 5 Reasons not to Trust the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Myth: Bill C-49 sets “national standard for air travel”

Fact: Bill C-49 contains no standards at all. It passes the buck to the Canadian Transportation Agency to establish standards at some point in the future.

See also: 5 Reasons not to Trust the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Myth: Bill C-49 introduces new protection for passengers

Fact: A number of rights promised in connection with Bill C-49 already exist on the law books and elsewhere on paper.

Currently, these rights are dead letters because in practice, they are not being enforced by the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Myth: Bill C-49 improves the enforcement of the rights of travellers

Fact: Bill C-49 contains no provisions about the enforcement of the rights of travellers, nor any new sanctions against airlines that break the rules.

Currently, the Canadian Transportation Agency can fine airlines up to $25,000 per day for violations, but in practice it has rarely used these powers and even then only for nominal fines.

See also: 5 Reasons not to Trust the Canadian Transportation Agency.