Regarding the PAX Bill of Rights, around the end of March, the US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, ruled that New York state overstepped its authority with its bill of rights law. Unless it goes to the Supreme Court, the thing is dead.
The argument is, and has been since the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 became law, only the federal goverment [DOT] has the authority to enact anything like a passenger bill of rights. Thus, nothing of consequence will be done in this area for many years. DOT has a task force looking into the matter; Congress is working on legislation; the airlines and the Air Transport Association say they are trying to come with something. Sure!
The only groups who really want to do something have been the state attorneys general. But, they get shot down by everyone. The airlines don’t really want each state to come with a separate version of anything. Congress doesn’t want to lose the clout they have to beat up on DOT and get votes for kicking the airlines, all the while getting their travel benefits from the same companies, and DOT cannot, and really doesn’t want to do anything as long as everyone in Congress will pick to pieces anything they might think is OK. End result: travelers/passengers be damned!
I’ve always thought the airlines should be treated like any other industry with no, or very limited antitrust immunity, and regulation of service and fare matters by the Federal Trade Commission, as other industries must operate under. But, what do I know!