House passes bill
prohibiting overbooking of airline passengers
By Sammy F. Martin
MANILA, Oct. 10 (PNA) -- Bayan Muna Paty-list Rep. Neri Colmenares over
the weekend said that the recently approved House Bill 6191, or the Airline
Passengers Bill of Rights, is unprecedented in airline legislation because
it is the first bill that outrightly sides with airline passengers and
explicitly prohibits over booking.
“The prohibition came from Section 33 of House Bill 5361, which I authored
and is now Section 11 in the present bill. This does not mean that airline
carriers would not profit with this prohibition but we should prevent them
from earning super profits at the expense and inconvenience of passengers,”
said senior deputy minority leader Colmenares.
“I hope that senators would also file a Senate counterpart of HB 6191 so
that the measure would be passed before the Christmas season starts when
overbooking is rampant. Airline passengers could write and lobby our
senators to expedite the bill,” he added.
According to the veteran solon, “it was good that the House leadership
heeded our call to pass it and did not let the lobbying of powerful airline
companies to stall or kill the bill,”
“The bill seeks to remedy the abuse of airlines of passengers who suffer
delay and cancellation. It also provides for 20% discount on airfares to
senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and students,” he
The measure also requires airlines to reimburse 75 % of the fare as long as
the passenger cancels the flight at least 24 hours before departure because
now almost nothing is left of the fare when one reimburses.
It also requires airlines to provide refreshment for a 2 hour delay
including free phone or internet and hotel for (PNA)