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ACTA successful in extending interline baggage rules compliance deadline

This new information must be included in addition to indicating what the standard baggage allowances and charges are applicable to the passenger for the 1st and 2nd pieces of checked baggage and carry-on baggage.

On April 16, 2014 the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) passed legislation to harmonize interline baggage rules with the US DOT. The new Canadian legislation forces air carriers to provide specific information to the consumer about all of the factors that may cause the fee for a carry-on bag and the first/second checked bag to vary. (Frequent flyer status, military status, early purchase discounts over the internet etc.) This is so the passenger can determine for themselves the fees that would apply.

This new information must be included in addition to indicating what the standard baggage allowances and charges are applicable to the passenger for the 1st and 2nd pieces of checked baggage and carry-on baggage. Under the new legislation this information must appear on the summary page at the end of an online purchase on the carrier’s website and must also appear on a passenger’s e-ticket issued by the carrier. At the time this decision was passed the CTA stated that it expected carriers to apply this approach for transportation to, from and within Canada for tickets purchased on and after October 1, 2014.

With a strict deadline pending ACTA, as a contributing stakeholder with CTA on industry related matters and Travel Tech members (Sabre, Amadeus & Travelport) aligned to ask for an extension of the initial deadline due to the fact that the changes were technical in nature and that the timelines were to aggressive to complete the software development required to comply.

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