National Tourism Day: Here Are the Top 5 Travel Rights Issues

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on May 07, 2019

Really, we wish we could be tourists every day of the year. Travelling to a new place, whether near or far, is one of life's simple pleasures and one of the greatest eye-opening experiences we can have. Thus, we kick off National Travel and Tourism Week with a National Tourism Day today.

And whether you're hitting the road or flying the friendly skies this summer, whether you're travelling for business or for pleasure, and whether it's a staycation or you're heading to the other side of the world, it's always good to know what your legal rights are, as a traveler. So here's a look:

1. What Is the Airline Passengers With Disabilities Bill of Rights?

You might be familiar with the Air Travelers' Bill of Rights, generally, but did you know that there is one specifically for passengers with disabilities? It includes the right of passengers with disabilities to be treated with dignity and respect, and to receive timely assistance, if requested, from properly trained air carrier and contractor personnel. What else?

2. What to Do If Your Flight Is Canceled

It's probably the number one, biggest hassle in air travel, for passengers and airlines alike. And whether it's the weather, a mechanical issue, or a staffing one may determine what kind of reimbursement is possible.

Sometimes are travel plans require unaccompanied minors to make it to their destination on their own. While there are no federal regulations prohibited children from flying without their parents or a guardian, there are special rules and specific airlines policies for kids travelling alone.

Maybe you're setting off on a hunting expedition. Or you purchased a firearm in a different state and are trying to take it home. Either way, you should hopefully know by now that you can't bring the gun on the plane with you. But what about bus or train travel? And do you always need to have your permit handy?

5. Social Media Travel Alert: There's No First Amendment in the EU

It seems silly -- after all, you login into Facebook in Barcelona the same way you do in Boston. But our Constitution doesn't travel with us. And the European Union may police hate speech a little more strictly than the United States does.

If you have questions about your legal rights as a traveler, or your rights generally while travelling, talk to a local consumer protection attorney today.

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