How consumer protections for air travelers could change under Trump administration

Flying is a headache for many Americans — and it could soon get worse.

Consumer advocates warn that the Trump administration is poised to repeal regulations that protect travelers, potentially making flying more costly and more dangerous, said Paul Hudson, passenger organization FlyersRights.org president and member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.

“Airlines today seek nothing short of total deregulation plus competition protection to achieve the same status as railroads had in the late 19th Century,” Hudson said.

Dozens of regulations are potentially on the chopping block after Department of Transportation undersecretary for policy Derek Kan said earlier this month at a lunch in Washington, D.C.

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