AGENCY: Office of The Secretary, DOT.
SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 3501, et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on December 11, 1997 [62 FR 65307].
DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before March 25, 1998.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernie Stankus, Office of Airline Information, K-25, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 400 7th Street, SW, Room 3430, Washington, DC 20590 (202) 366-4387.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)
Title: Report of Passengers Denied Confirmed Space Part 250.
Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.
OMB Control Number: 2138-0018.
Form No.: 251.
Affected Entities: Large U.S. and foreign passenger air carriers.
Abstract: BTS Form 251 is a one-page report on the number of passengers denied boarding voluntarily or involuntarily, whether the bumped passengers were provided alternate transportation and/or compensation, and the amount of the payment. The report allows the Department to monitor the effectiveness of its oversales rule and take enforcement action when necessary. The involuntary denied-boarding rate has decreased over the years from 4.38 per 10,000 passengers in 1980 to 1.16 per 10,000 passengers for the nine months ended September 1997. These statistics demonstrate the effectiveness of the ``volunteer'' provision, which has reduced the need for more intrusive regulation.
The rate of denied boarding can be examined as an air carrier continuing fitness factor. This rate provides an insight into a carrier's policy on treating over booked passengers and its compliance disposition. A rapid sustained increase in the rate of denied boarding often is an indicator of operational difficulty.
Because the rate of denied boarding is released quarterly, travelers and travel agents can select carriers with low bumping incidents when booking a trip. This information is made available to the public through the Air Travel Consumer Report, which the Department publishes. The report is sent to newspapers, magazines, and trade journals.
Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 2,312 hours.
ADDRESSES: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, ATTN: DOT/BTS Desk Officer. Comments are invited on: whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimates of the burden of the proposed information collections; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collections of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Comments to OMB regarding this information collection is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.
Issued in Washington, DC, on February 17, 1998.
Phillip A. Leach,
Clearance Officer, United States Department of Transportation.
[FR Doc. 98-4474 Filed 2-20-98; 8:45 am]
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