Executive Session & Hearing: Strengthening Airline Operations and Consumer Protections

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, will convene an Executive Session on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. ET. A full committee hearing titled “Strengthening Airline Operations and Consumer Protections” will immediately follow. This hearing will review the causes and impacts of recent air travel disruptions as well as consumer impacts to the U.S. flying public. For instance, Southwest Airlines’ operational meltdown in December 2022 left millions of people stranded during the holidays. The Committee will hear testimony from one panel of witnesses to examine recommendations and determine appropriate corrective actions to improve airline consumer protections and build stronger, more resilient airline operations.

Executive Session Details: Organizational Business Meeting for 118th Congress
Full Committee Executive Session
10:00 a.m. ET
Committee Hearing Room, Russell 253

Committee Hearing Details: “Strengthening Airline Operations and Consumer Protections”
Full Committee Hearing
Following the End of the Executive Session
Committee Hearing Room, Russell 253



  • Paul Hudson, President, Flyers’ Rights
  • Captain Casey A. Murray, President, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association
  • Andrew Watterson, Chief Operating Officer, Southwest Airlines
  • Sharon Pinkerton, Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Airlines for America 
  • Dr. Clifford Winston, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

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