The Single European Sky, the flagship project to create a single European airspace – tripling capacity and halving air traffic costs – is "not delivering". Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for transport, announced his intention to present new legislative proposals in Spring 2013 to accelerate implementation, as well as taking all enforcement actions possible, including infringements where necessary.
The new law (AB 2354), which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013, permits travel agents to offer and disseminate travel insurance under the license of the “limited lines” insurance producer they work with, as long as certain consumer protections are followed. Before the law takes effect, the insurance commissioner will establish new procedures for insurance providers to follow.
On August 28, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a request for comments on current policy, guidance, and procedures that aircraft operators (ranging from pilots of general aviation aircraft up to and including air carrier certificate holders at the major airlines) use when determining if passenger use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) may be allowed during any phase of flight on their aircraft.
On July 31, 2012 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) published its opinion on the "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council — A European vision for passengers: communication on passenger rights in all transport modes".
A new regulation by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology provides detailed rules on the behaviour of railway passengers and other users of railway premises. It inter alia interdicts to carry along dangerous animals or items (like weapons), to throw things from the train and to enter restricted areas.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is introducing legislation that would prevent families from being separated because of airline fees for priority seats like aisles and windows. The bill, which has been dubbed the Families Flying Together Act of 2012, would direct the Department of Transportation to enforce the family seating requirement.
At a June 6 hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was questioned about whether the Administration would support legislation to prohibit American airlines from participating in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System. Secretary LaHood, while saying that he wasn’t prepared to take a position on the legislation, did say that he and other Administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have made their opposition to the EU plan clear.