Paul Hudson has been a ground breaking public interest advocate for over 30 years: In the 1970s in energy and utility policy (as attorney for the NY Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)), in the 1980s for crime victim rights (as chief attorney for the NY Crime Victims Board), in the 1990s to 2012 for air travelers and terrorist victims (leading the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie bombing victim family organization and the Aviation Consumer Action Project (ACAP)).
He is a longtime member the FAAs Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (1993-present) representing the public and advising the FAA on air safety regulation, and the FAA/TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee (1997-2007).
From 2001 to 2013, he represented victims of lengthy tarmac confinements in a series of court cases.
Paul Hudson has been interviewed hundreds of times by the media on aviation consumer issues and is frequently quoted in major media, including in 2013-14 by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, NBC News, ABC News, Reuters, MarketWatch, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and NY Daily News. He was profiled by USA Today in 2008 as a leading airline consumer advocate.
Since 2013, under his leadership, FlyersRights.org has:
- proposed minimum standards for seat size and leg room and appealed FAA’s denial to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals,
- filed rulemaking petitions to stop exorbitant change fees on international flights, restore the reciprocity rule
- required airlines to notify passengers of their delay compensation rights
- advocated for improved airport security
- filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to an anti-passenger decision regarding passenger compensation by airlines in international travel
- proposed and drafted comprehensive reform legislation known as the Airline Passenger Bill of Rights 2.0
- established an office in Washington, DC
- successfully opposed airline efforts to roll back the 3 Hour Rule and sought stronger enforcement by the DOT,
- had a leading role in keeping knives off airliners (reversing a TSA policy to allow knives similar to those used by the 9/11 terrorists in the passenger cabin),
- filed a formal FAA/DOT petition supported by battery safety experts questioning the safety of the 787 Dreamliner,
- opposed the American Airlines-US Airways merger without new consumer protections,
- filed complaints to prevent deceptive, hidden and exorbitant airline fees,
- sought reform of TSA procedures,
- filed formal comments on the proposed use of thousands of drones in US air space
- filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court in support of whistle blower protection for Dept. of Homeland Security employees
- supported policies to enhance airline competition, lower airfares and disclosure of ancillary fees
- sought disclosure of airline routes over conflict zones and fail safe tracking of airliners
Paul resides in Florida and Maryland with his wife Donna and is a frequent air traveler throughout the US and internationally.