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Canada is Now a Little Bit Nicer to Their Airplane Passengers

Where: Canada
July 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM | by | ()

It’s now the law up in Canada to be really nice to your passengers if you’re running an airline.

The Canadian Transportation Agency has ordered some of the country’s biggest carriers to increase compensation for passengers who suffer from screwed up travel plans. That means airlines like WestJet and Air Canada need to raise the amount of money offered up to passengers with delayed or canceled flights. It’s the same thing for those who are forced into a later flight by getting bumped from their original itinerary.

Apparently there really weren't any official rules regarding airline compensation in Canada, as it was all up to the airlines when it came to shelling out additional cash in the event of unforeseen travel calamities. Now the rules clearly state the airlines must provide passengers with a refund or offer up a later flight. Passengers now have the ability to request the next flight on another airline, but we’re not sure how well that’ll work in practice—at least from our experience in the United States.

No one really wants to deal with travel interruptions, but if there’s one thing to secretly hope for it’s overbooking. In this situation you’ll score a free trip home and a full refund of your ticket. Of course you’ll have to gamble with the travel gods, but that kind of compensation doesn’t sound too bad for just taking a later flight. Long story short—Canada’s friendly skies are now just a little bit friendlier.

[Photo: Cohen.Canada]

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