House to probe airlines' practice of overbooking, offloading


Posted at May 24 2014 05:13 PM | Updated as of May 25 2014 01:13 AM

MANILA - Kabataan Party-list Representative Terry Ridon is calling for a review of existing policies in the airline industry, particularly with respect to overbooking of flights and offloading of passengers.

Speaking to ANC on Saturday, Ridon said the House Committee on Transportation will hold an inquiry before Congress closes next month.

Ridon, who was recently bumped off a Cebu Pacific flight to Cagayan de Oro, said procedures were not met when he was not given the option to waive his seat in exchange for other benefits during boarding.

He said under existing laws, offloading cannot be applied without the passenger's consent.

He said the inquiry, done in aid of legislation, is aimed at improving current penalties and sanctions and updating what he calls the antiquated laws of the Civil Aeronautics Board to ensure the delivery of service to airline passengers. -- ANC