"We have too many side deals that airlines are making with tour operators that do not involve the protections of canceled flights," he said referring to passengers who are forced to buy a full-fare return ticket if their flight purchased through a tour operator is canceled.
He suggested that the department raise the compensation 50 percent, to $300 and $600.
But he said any change needs to also deal with those passengers who voluntarily agree to be bumped. "Let's get the numbers and really look at them and find out what the average compensation that airlines are paying," he said. "This is like a shot in the dark."