NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Following that cruise ship disaster off the Gulf Coast last month, Sen. Charles Schumer has called on the cruise industry to voluntarily implement a passenger’s bill of rights.
Schumer said the bill of rights would be modeled off the successful one already in place for airplanes.
Under Schumer’s plan, the bill of rights would ensure that all ships, regardless of where they are registered, would provide sanitary conditions, backup power and medical staff on board in case of an emergency.
“It can be scary to watch the shore drift away as you’re hundreds of miles out to sea. But to be out at sea without access to a doctor, electricity, toilet facilities, that’s unconscionable,” Schumer told reporters including WCBS 880’s Monica Miller. “If we can get this passenger bill of rights done, passengers can breathe a sigh of relief that they know that the trip will be safe and if, God forbid, there’s emergencies, that they will be taken care of in the right way.”
“If failures – mechanical, plumbing or otherwise – occur on these ships, passengers should get a full refund,” Schumer added.