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Air Travel Civil Rights Problems

Published on: 10-01-2006
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This Informational Sheet provides contact information to help members of the public who feel they have been the subject of discriminatory action or treatment at airports file complaints with the appropriate agency in the Federal government. Since the horrific attacks that occurred on September 11th, much effort has been expended by various agencies within the Federal government to prevent intentional harm to our critical air transportation system. In securing out national air transportation system, we have also taken steps to ensure that all persons are provided equal protection of the laws and that no person is subject to unlawful discrimination when traveling in the Nation.

While we expect security personnel and law enforcement officials at airports to be in full compliance with the civil rights laws, we realize that, on occasion, individuals may believe they have been subjected to unlawful discrimination. We also realize that with various types of security personnel and law enforcement officials at the airports, there is increased confusion regarding the appropriate place to file discrimination complaints. The Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings has prepared this information sheet to assist consumers determine with whom to file a discrimination complaint and how to do so.

Complaints alleging discriminatory treatment by air carrier personnel (e.g., pilots, flight attendants, gate agents or check in counter personnel) should be directed to the Department of Transportation's Aviation Consumer Protection Division. This office provides complaint forms for consumers to download and print on its website at http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/problems.htm. The Aviation Consumer Protection Division accepts complaints via e-mail to airconsumer@ost.dot.gov or via mail to the following address:


Aviation Consumer Protection Division
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th Street, S.W., Room 4107
Washington, DC 20590


Complaints alleging discriminatory treatment by Federal security screeners (e.g., personnel screening and searching passengers and carry-on baggage at airport security checkpoints) should be directed to the Department of Transportation's Transportation Security Administration. The Transportation Security Administration accepts complaints via mail to the following address:


Transportation Security Administration
TSA Headquarters
12th Floor, Room 1203N, TSA-1
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590

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