U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee And National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force
DOT cited CEI’s Adjunct Fellow Frances Smith’s upcoming ACPAC position as consumer representative.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that she has reconstituted the Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC or Committee) and established the National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force (Task Force) as an ACPAC Subcommittee.
For the ACPAC, the Secretary has selected: (1) Pete K. Rahn, Maryland Secretary of Transportation, as the State or local government representative and Chair of the Committee; (2) Frances Smith, Adjunct Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute, as the consumer representative; (3) Patricia Vercelli, General Counsel, Airlines for America, as the airline representative; and (4) Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, as the airport operator representative. Membership in the Task Force will be announced at the first meeting of the ACPAC.
The first meeting of ACPAC is scheduled to take place on January 16, 2019 in Washington, D.C. At this meeting, the members of the Task Force will be announced and there will be a discussion of the duties of the Task Force members. Two other topics – the transparency of airline ancillary service fees and involuntary changes to itineraries – will also be discussed. This meeting will be open to the public. Additionally, DOT will stream the event live on the Internet. See: www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/ACPAC/Notice-Reestablishment-and-First-Meeting.