E-Cigarette Survey Outcome!


CN Gov Malloy’s Stranding Perspective

Help Us Launch Flyers Rights Education Fund

A Vote of Support

What Kate’s Saying

EDITOR’S NOTE: The first edition of this newsletter incorrectly identified Dannel Malloy as Governor of New York. He is, of course, Governor of Connecticut. The fault was entirely mine, and FlyersRights sincerely apologizes for this error.

E-Cigarette Survey Outcome!

Three weeks ago we asked you to weigh in on a new Department of Transportation (DOT)Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The DOT wants to ban use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on commercial airliners, citing their concern that current research has not proven them safe. We produced a short survey and invited responses from you through this newsletter, and from the general public through our Huffington Post column. Unfortunately, publication in the Huffington Post drew the attention of tobacco industry ballot box stuffers, who badly skewed the results.

E-Cigarette AdLast week, we asked you to retake the survey, so that we could present your views, our members, to the DOT. You stepped up magnificently. We received 20% more responses than from the entire first survey!

We received 985 informative responses. We’ll share the results with you today, send a report onward to the DOT, and publish the results on our Huffington Post column.

Our survey asked respondents whether they supported or opposed the DOT’s proposed rule, and the reason behind their answer.

As indicated below, respondents voted overwhelmingly in favor of the NPRM. Support was generally on the grounds of health or cabin comfort concerns, while those opposing the ban were about evenly divided between doubts that the devices pose a risk, belief that insufficient research meant regulation was inappropriate, and general objections to regulation.

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Survey Questions


Do You Support or Oppose the NPRM

Support the NPRM


Oppose the NPRM


Reasons for Supporting the Ban

Health Concerns

Legal Reasons–Other legislation supports this rule


Cabin Comfort


Concerned that more research is needed to assure safety




Reasons for Opposing the Ban

Don’t believe they pose a health risk


Insufficient research to prove threat


In general, government regulates too much


Smokers, in particular, are restricted enough




CN Governor’s Perspective on Snowtober Strandings

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has set a new, very low bar for airline and airport service. Our members, the national media, and the American public believe that passenger safety means protection from ten-hour entrapments in constricting airline seats without food, water, or even cabin power. As op-ed writer Patrick Scully eloquently pointed out in hisConnecticut News Junkie column, “The airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights clearly means nothing to JetBlue or Bradley. They violated just about every ‘right’ listed pertaining to tarmac wait times.”

Governor Malloy apparently believes in a different standard of behavior from those to whom we entrust our lives. According to the Governor, quoted in the Governors Journal,Everyone who landed at the airport, no matter how long they were on the plane, they didn’t crash. So we gotta put things in perspective.”

So hey, folks, don’t expect much more from airline travel than actually surviving that Christmas trip to Grandma’s house! According to the governor, expecting safety and comfort just indicates a lack of perspective.

Help Us Launch the Flyers Rights Education Fund

The Flyers Rights Education Fund is the education and service arm of our organization. Approved by the IRS in June, 2011, the Fund gives you a way to contribute to our airline passenger rights efforts through a tax-deductible vehicle. We now support many of our efforts through The Fund:

  • Our free, 24/7 Hotline
  • Mass mailings unrelated to political action requests
  • Press releases related to educational efforts on behalf of airline passenger rights

Now we have an exciting new way for you to leverage your tax-deductible contributions toFREF Logothe Fund. Paul Hudson, a member of our Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Aviation Consumer Action Project (ACAP), has pooled his personal resources with those of ACAP and friends of our longtime supporter, Ralph Nader, to pledge a matching-gift contribution of $15,000 to Flyers Rights Education Fund.

Paul’s generous pledge gives you an opportunity to truly leverage your contributions to the Fund. His coalition will match, dollar for dollar, your donations to the Flyers Rights Education Fund, up to the $15,000 pledge!

But you must act now! We must achieve this goal by the end of the year. Please go to theFlyers Rights Education Fund donation page now and give what you can. The coalition’s generous offer expires at midnight, December 31, 2011. We must answer the coalition’s challenge and meet their contribution goal by the end of the year.

Remember, each and every dollar you contribute during this short window will have a double
impact on advancing the cause of airline passenger rights.

Help us stay in the fight! Kate’s remarkable responses to Snowtober, in so many national forums, would not have been possible without your generous support. You know that her family can no longer subsidize the effort-without your help, the premier voice of airline passenger rights in America will be stilled.

A Vote of Support

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This fascinating web site supports our efforts, and lets its members and visitors know it. Check out this page on their web site. Frequent travelers from all walks of life, just like you, support our efforts!

What Kate’s Saying

Kate continued to provide commentary on the Snowtober Strandings in a continuous stream of radio interviews last week. Her other media appearances included the following.

Orlando Sun Sentinel


Associated Press


Chicago Sun Times


San Francisco Chronicle

Snow-Bound Jets on U.S. Tarmacs Spur Call for Tougher Rules

KHOU-TV Houston


Travel With Lisa interview from The Weather Channel


Sacramento Bee


Arizona Daily Star


Chicago Tribune


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