Transportation_Consumer Affairs

To improve service provided to the public by U.S.

and foreign air carriers.


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - Alaska Aviation Statistics Field Office, Department of Transportation, 801 B Street Room 506, Anchorage, AK 99501-23657.

Telephone: (907) 271-5147.


Program Accomplishments

For calendar year 2007 the total number of consumer complaints, information requests, opinions and compliments received totaled 16,072.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Aviation Consumer Protection Division provides assistance and information to consumers, including air travelers with disabilities, trying to resolve complaints against airlines, travel agents, and air tour operators.

The Division also investigates alleged violations of airline passengers' civil rights and provides information about specific air travel service problems such as lost baggage, oversold flights, scheduling problems and overcharges, and may refer people to local Small Claims courts if informal mediation efforts fail.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All users of air transportation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All users of air transportation.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

The Division requests that complainants first contact the airline in an attempt to resolve the complaint. If that is unsuccessful, they can call or email the Division or send a letter stating pertinent facts about the incident that caused the complaint as well as copies (never originals) of tickets or baggage tags, if these documents help to explain the nature of the problem. Please include with your letter of complaint a daytime telephone number.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

None, but complaint should be filed as soon as possible after the problem occurs.

Authorization

Federal Aviation Act of 1958, as amended, Section 1002(a), 49 U.S.C. 1301; Sections 204, 302.200, and 384.7, Public Laws 85-726, 95-504 and 98-443.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

None.

Audits

None.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0102-0-1-407.

Obigations

(Salaries and expenses) FY 07 $1,644,823; FY 08 est $2,046,430; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Copies of the pamphlet "Fly-Rights, A Guide to Air Travel in the U.S." are available from the Consumer Information Center-6A, P.O. Box 100, Pueblo, CO 81002. Enclose check or money order payable to Superintendent of Documents in the amount of $1.75 per copy with a 25 percent discount on orders of 100 copies or more. Copies of the "Air Travel Consumer Report" issued monthly and "Plane Talk", a series of air travel fact sheets, are available free of charge by writing to the headquarters office listed. These publications can also be found on the Department of Transportation's world wide web site at: http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Alaska Aviation Statistics Field Office, Department of Transportation, 801 B Street Room 506, Anchorage, AK 99501-23657. Telephone: (907) 271-5147.

Headquarters Office

Aviation Consumer Protection Division, C-75 (Norman Strickman), Room W96-432, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-5957. Consumer Complaints (Airline Service), (202) 366-2220; TTY (202) 366-0511. Toll Free Hotline for Airline Disability-Related Problems: (1-800) 778-4838 (voice); (1-800) 455-9880 (TTY)

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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