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SA 4607. Mr. SCHUMER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2881, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2008 through 2011, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
(a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
(1) While the aircraft safety should be a top priority for the Federal Aviation Administration and air carriers, compliance with Federal safety regulations should not come at the expense of passenger convenience.
(2) One of the chief complaints of customers left stranded during April 2008 by massive cancellations was the lack of notification about the status of their flights.
(3) Commercial air flight cancellations were announced with little advance notice, causing many travelers to discover that their flight was cancelled after they arrived at the airport.
(4) Air carriers have also reduced the number of flights on their schedules, which has frustrated consumers' attempts to find replacement flights on other air carriers.
(b) Establishment.--The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall establish an Aviation Traveler Taskforce, comprised of Federal Aviation Administration employees and representatives of the commercial aviation industry.
(c) Functions.--The Aviation Traveler Taskforce shall--
(1) clarify interpretations of safety directives issued by the Federal Aviation Administration with which air carriers will soon need to comply;
(2) develop contingency plans in the event that additional aircraft--
(A) are found to be out of compliance with such safety directives; and
(B) need to be grounded;
(3) generate ideas for the best way to notify passengers on a massive scale that their flights have been cancelled; and
(4) design a notification system to alert passengers of potential service disruptions.
(d) Inspection Plans.--The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall ensure that any standardized plan to perform inspections of commercial aircraft includes a plan to reduce groundings and other consequences resulting from such inspections.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 30, 2008.)