"The Bill seeks to remove or reduce rights that passengers already have", Dr. Gábor Lukács told Senators on the Committee.
Bill C-49 seeks to double the time passengers may be trapped in an aircraft on the tarmac, from the current 90 minutes to 3 hours.
Government's Bill C-49 relieves airlines from paying compensation to passengers for flight disruptions due to "mechanical malfunctions."
"I have never ever said that the bill of passenger rights is contained in the legislation," said Garneau to Senate Committee on Transport.
Senator Terry M. Mercer (Lib.): "The passenger bill of rights [...] it's not there."
We pull apart the forthcoming law on overbooking, delays and tarmac holds — and find other countries offer more protection to passengers.
Toothless Bill C-49 fails to protect travellers and should be amended, Dr. Gábor Lukács told Standing Committee on Transport.
Consumer advocates say the federal government's proposed passenger bill of rights is "all bill" with "no rights."