Airline Passenger Bill of Rights on Table in Olympia
KENNEWICK, Wash.- If you've ever been stranded at the airport, you know the feeling.
Imagine spending hours on the tarmac waiting to take off.
Washington lawmakers are working toward making sure you have food and water if it happens.
If you've ever had a late flight out of Pasco, you know, even in the terminal and especially once you're on the plane, there aren't any amenities at night. This right here, the proposed passenger bill of rights would change that.
Kate Hanni garnered national attention last year when she was stuck on a flight for nine hours. Hanni spoke to lawmakers in Olympia Tuesday explaining how important it is passengers are provided with basic things like food, water, fresh air and a bathroom if they're stuck.
"People are frustrated and the airlines keep saying well we've fixed the problem and it's not happening anymore and basically it's a flat lie," she said.
This bill would be the first of it's kind.
Hanni says if it passes, it'll be a sign for the federal government to step in and enact a national law.