New bill protects flight attendants, empowers law enforcement to shoot down drones

Last week, while the country was transfixed by the U.S. Senate debate over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, a bill was quietly signed into law that could bring big changes in the airline industry and to the regulations that relate to who has authority over drones. Thus, the White House announced on Friday evening that President Donald Trump approved H.R. 302, a bipartisan bill also known as the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.”

At 1,200-plus pages, the bill is verbose, and includes many changes that will directly affect consumers and airlines workers in the next few years. Specifically, a couple of changes appear to be the repercussions of airline mishaps that have made headlines recently. For example: prohibiting airlines from “bumping” passengers who’ve already boarded a plane (recall the time the Dr. David Dao was unconsciously dragged off a United flight in April 2017). Dao, according to reports, was selected to

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