Yesterday, Illinois HB 4034 was introduced. If enacted, it would create the Airline Passenger Protection Act, which would prohibit any state or municipal employee or contractor from involuntarily removing a ticketed passenger from an aircraft by force unless the following exists:
1. The passenger has committed a breach of the peace;
2. The passenger presents a danger to himself or herself or others; or
3. A public emergency exists.
The Act also prohibits the state of Illinois and Illinois units of local government to make any travel arrangements with or do any business with any airline that has a policy allowing involuntary removal of a passenger from a plane to accommodate an employee who is traveling on a non-revenue ticket.
The bill was just introduced, so there is no history on it yet. Since this bill would affect government police department activities, as well as government employee travel, we will keep an eye on it.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf