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Higgins announces House approval of 5-year FAA reauthorization

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Wed, Sep 26th 2018 07:50 pm
Legislation preserves flight safety improvements won by families of Flight 3407
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the House of Representatives approved a five-year reauthorization (H.R. 302) of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
"After several years of temporary extensions, this long-term reauthorization of the FAA provides considerable peace-of-mind in knowing the hard-fought achievements delivering one level of safety to the flying public, although never assured, are better protected for years to come," Higgins said.
Earlier this week, Higgins stood with the families of Flight 3407, calling for adoption of a long-term FAA reauthorization bill that maintains a number of flight safety improvements fought for following the 2009 crash of Flight 3407 and included in the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act authorized in 2010. The legislation passed by the House this week preserves key measures gained through the advocacy of the Flight 3407 families requiring greater transparency for travelers and additional rest time and training requirements for pilots.
Other highlights of the five-year FAA authorization legislation, which improves safety and address consumers rights, include:
•Prohibiting the involuntary bumping of passengers from flights after their boarding passes have been collected or scanned;
•Directing the FAA to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats, including pitch and width;
•Establishing a new "Aviation Consumer Advocate" position at the Department of Transportation to help resolve consumer complaints;
•Mandating flight attendants receive a minimum of 10 hours of rest between duty periods;
•Addressing issues faced by passengers with disabilities, including by requiring DOT to develop an "Airline Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights" and creates a civil penalty for damage to passengers' wheelchairs and mobility aids;
•Requiring all medium and large U.S. airports to have private rooms for nursing mothers and baby changing tables in at least one restroom in each passenger terminal; and
•Reauthorizing the National Transpiration Safety Board (NTSB) for four years.
The House is also expected to pass a one-week extension of the FAA's authority, through Oct. 7, to allow the Senate time to consider reauthorization beyond the Sept. 30 expiration deadline. Upon approval by the Senate and a signature by President Trump, H.R. 302 reauthorizes the FAA through 2023.

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