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Sen. Blumenthal discusses new airline passenger protections

WINDSOR LOCKS — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal highlighted new airline passenger protections as the holiday travel season kicks into high gear.

Blumenthal talked about new passenger protections during a noon appearance Monday at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport.

The Connecticut Democrat discussed new provisions in the recently passed Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act — including a ban on e-cigarettes on flights and restrictions on the ability of airlines to bump passengers once they’ve cleared the gate.

For the first time, the FAA will also be required to set minimum seat size and legroom on commercial flights.

Under the new rules if an airline oversells its flight, involuntarily bumps you, and delays your arrival by more than two hours, the airline owes you up to $1,350 cash.

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