The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

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The new protections will require airlines to reimburse passengers for bag fees if their bags are lost, as well as providing consumers involuntarily bumped from flights with greater compensation. The new protections also expand the current ban on lengthy tarmac delays to foreign carriers and force airlines to disclose hidden fees.

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For the second month running since the U.S. Department of Transportation introduced a new consumer rule on April 29, the largest U.S. airlines have reported drastically lower numbers of tarmac delays exceeding three hours, without reporting any increase in the rate of flight cancellations.

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Air travelers in the United States must no longer be subjected to lengthy tarmac delays on domestic flights and will enjoy additional consumer protections as a result of a new rule becoming effective on April 29.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has denied the requests of five airlines for a temporary exemption from its new rule limiting tarmac delays to three hours, after which the pilots of an aircraft must give any passenger on board the right to return to the terminal if the passenger wishes.

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