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Revised compensation terms for stranded passengers, as proposed by the Commission, sparked a heated debate between MEPs, airlines and air passenger organisations at Wednesday’s Transport Committee hearing. Rapporteur Georges Bach (EPP, LU) and many other MEPs pointed out the longer delay times before passengers would be entitled to compensation and/or rerouting under the proposal were not acceptable and would be “a step backwards”.

Views differed markedly on new rules for overbooking, liability in the event of missed connecting flights and the definition of "force majeur" exceptions. MEPs said they would consider carefully how to improve passenger’s rights in cases of airline insolvency and how to introduce common minimum standards for hand luggage.

The Transport Committee is to vote on the amended text on 14 November.