Passengers who get bumped off overbooked U.S. airline flights will soon be eligible for higher compensation.
Travellers bumped onto another flight that sees them arrive at their domestic destination more than two hours after their original arrival time will be paid the full price of their fare up to a maximum of $800 US.
The new U.S. Transportation Department rule going into effect next month says if bumped passengers arrive less than two hours after their original arrival time, the new compensation limit for domestic flights is $400. The previous limits of $400 and $200 were set in 1978.
The time limit is four hours for international flights.
The department also announced several initiatives intended to decrease air travel delays, including a plan to reroute planes through Canadian air space to avoid summer storms.

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