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Ruden Tapped by DOT Secretary to Sit on National Task Force on Tarmac Delays

Ruden Tapped by DOT Secretary to Sit on National Task Force on Tarmac Delays ( ASTA is pleased to announce that Paul Ruden, senior vice president for Legal and Industry Affairs, has been named by Mary Peters, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to be a member of the National Task Force to Develop Model Contingency Plans to Deal with Lengthy Airline On-Board Ground Delays (Tarmac Delay Task Force). He was the only member of the travel agency industry to be appointed to the 35-member group, which is otherwise composed of representatives from airlines, airport and consumer groups.

“Since 1999, ASTA has been the leading industry organization backing a legislated bill of rights. In fact, ASTA’s proposed Passenger Bill of Rights became a blueprint for later legislation. It is only fitting then that Paul Ruden, who was heavily involved in ASTA’s early efforts on this front, be a part of this task force,” said Cheryl Hudak, CTC, ASTA president and CEO.

This will be the second DOT task force in which Ruden has participated. Previously, he sat on the Air Carrier On-time Reporting Advisory Committee. He also was appointed by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to serve on the National Commission to Ensure Consumer Information and Choice in the Airline Industry. As senior vice president of ASTA’s Legal and Industry Affairs, Ruden’s responsibilities include all of the Society’s internal and external legal activities, industry policy issues, state and federal legislation and consumer affairs. Prior to joining ASTA in 1990, Ruden was in private law practice in Washington, D.C. for 19 years.

The task force was created to develop a strategy for dealing with lengthy onboard ground delays nationwide. According to comments file in the Federal Register on Dec. 17, 2007, the task force will:

·         develop model contingency plans for minimizing the impact of lengthy airline onboard ground delays.

·         be responsible for reviewing incidents involving long, onboard ground delays and their causes; identifying trends and patterns of such events; and recommending workable solutions for mitigating the onboard consumer impact of extraordinary flight disruptions.

·         report to the Secretary of Transportation the results of its consideration and a description of model contingency plans it develops.

·         not exercise program management, regulatory or program guidance responsibilities. It will make no decision directly affecting the programs on which it provides advice.

In April 2007, ASTA testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation to address consumer issues related to lengthy onboard ground delays. Later in the year, in September, ASTA responded to the Department of Transportation Inspector General’s final audit report on airline passenger service, noting that most of the Inspector General’s report confirmed what ASTA has long argued are the necessary actions for effective change in the treatment of airline passengers.

The mission of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. ASTA seeks a retail travel marketplace that is profitable and growing and a rewarding field in which to work, invest and do business.

Contact: Kristina Rundquist/Sarah Wilhite 703-739-8710

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