Here at Aircomplane, we wear our raison d'être on our sleeve: we're here so you're heard. This blog is a place for tired, trodden, and mistreated
passengers customers to have their say, hear stories of passengers customers just like them, and make the airlines take heed.
The most important thing for airline customers to remember is that you're not alone; if you've had a bad experience flying, so have hundreds of others. Individually, we may not be able to get the attention of airline executives and bureaucratic decisionmakers, but together, we can make some noise.
That's just what one organization is going to do on September 19th in Washington, DC.
The Coalition for Passengers' Bill of Rights, formed by the passengers of several American Airlines planes stranded in Austin, TX for over 9 hours in December 2006, is taking their message to Congress.
The group is hosting a strand-in on the National Mall, recreating the hellish ordeal their founders and hundreds of other paying airline customers have endured, complete with the sights, sounds, and smells of a long-term airline stranding. Members of Congress will be there as well as the national media, and it's all to convince Congress to establish a maximum tarmac delay period, so airline passengers will be treated humanely during flight delays.
Read about the protest in The Washington Post, or read the Coalition's letter to Congress. Most importantly, attend the strand-in in Washington on Wednesday and join hundreds of flyers like you who just want to be treated like paying customers they are.
Who: The Coalition for Passengers' Bill of Rights
What: Strand-in Simulation on the National Mall
When: Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: The National Mall, between 12th and 13th Streets NW, Washington, DC
UPDATE: Flyersrights.org, The Coalition for Passengers' Bill of Rights' website, was hacked yesterday by vandals who clearly didn't like what they have to say.
These goons are going to learn that they can't silence the movement for Passengers' Rights quite so easily. Show your support by attending the Strand-In tomorrow.