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November 14, 2007

Just in time for the travel-heavy holiday season, the federal Department of Transportation is proposing a hike in the amount of compensation air passengers can get for being bumped from a flight. And not a moment too soon.

Under current federal guidelines, people with reservations who get tossed off a flight because of overbooking are entitled to a ticket refund plus an additional sum up to $400 - an amount that hasn't changed since 1978.

The proposed change would result in a healthy $1,248 in addition to the ticket price. That would be enough, one would think, to cure the airlines of their bad habit of trying to fill every seat and maximize income at passengers' expense.

- Daily News (New York)

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