Aviation Safety Legislation
The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (PL 111-216) was signed into law on August 1, 2010. For a summary of the provisions included in this new law, please click here.
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|Who's REALLY Flying Your Plane?|
We are launching an awareness campaign titled 'Who's REALLY Flying Your Airline?' in which we seek to raise the flying public's awareness of the practice of code sharing - you may not realize that today over 50% of all daily flights in the US are operated by regional carriers, and the last 6 fatal commercial airline crashes have been on regional airlines. Through our efforts, President Obama signed a comprehensive aviation safety bill into law this past August. Besides numerous improvements in the areas of training, fatigue, and qualifications, the bill also has a simple provision designed to ensure that every seller of airline tickets clearly publicizes which airline is actually flying each flight (the wording of this provision is included below). Of particular concern to us are internet sites where the regional carrier is not prominently identified or is not displayed until the flight has actually been selected.
After reviewing various websites consumers often use to book air travel, we have identified several that are not in compliance with the new law. For an example of what we consider to be adeqaute disclosure of the flight operator and inadequate disclosure, please click here for example screenshots. As proponents of the new disclosure requirements, we consider the following sites to be misleading regarding who is actually operating flights listed on their websites as any regional carriers are not clearly listed as flight operators during the booking process:
While we all wish our lost loved ones were still with us, we honor them with every effort we take for full compliance with every part of the new aviation safety bill to prevent another Continental Flight 3407 (operated by Colgan Air) from happening again. Thanks again for your help with this awareness campaign and please share this information with as many people as possible.