The Transportation Department proposed more consumer protections for air travelers last week, piggybacking off newly enacted restrictions on how long passengers can wait on the tarmac. Under the new rule, carriers must increase compensation to travelers who are bumped from their flights; advertise "full fare" ticket prices; publicize all baggage fees; let customers cancel their tickets without penalty within 24 hours of purchase; and ban post-purchase price increases, among other provisions. In addition, the tarmac requirements would be expanded to more airports and to foreign carriers at U.S. airports. The rule is currently open for public comment.
What do you think of the proposed changes? Do consumers need more protection from the airlines? Are there any other passenger issues that need similar attention? Or should government stay out of it? Do you see any negative consequences arising from the new rule -- for passengers as well as the airlines?