MEP advises travellers to learn rights
26 January 2009 08:04
Travellers abroad should learn their rights under European law, an MEP has suggested.
The collapse of airliners such as XL and Zoom in the past few weeks has led to a number of passenger stranded abroad and exposed the shortcomings of typical travel insurance policies.
In response, a Scottish MEP has published a leaflet detailing passenger rights under EU law, in the hope that no more of his fellow Scots get stuck abroad.
Alyn Smith, MEP for the Scottish National Party, said: "I have launched this campaign to make Scots more aware that they do have rights and entitlements as an airline passenger under European law.
"Secondly, I want to provide helpful, user-friendly information they can use to help protect themselves in the event of any future delay or cancellation."
Relevant legislation includes the Montreal Agreement, which gives EU citizens the right to seek financial compensation in the event of delays, cancelled flights or lost luggage.
Mr Smith added that travellers should always have enough spare on their credit card to pay for a flight home in emergencies.