Kate Hanni named one of the most influential executive women in travel


Kate Hanni is one of the most passionate and dedicated national figures fighting for safeguards and protections for airline passengers today. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights (CAPBOR), the fastest-growing airline passengers’ coalition in the country. Whether in State Capitols or in the Halls of the U.S. Congress, Ms. Hanni has brought the need to enact legal rights and protections for the flying public to the national forefront.

“Today is my birthday, and I cannot imagine a better gift than being awarded this prestigious distinction.” Ms. Hanni said. “I cannot believe that we, as a Coalition, have come so far, so fast,” furthered Kate.

Hanni has been recognized 3 times in 18 months as “Most Influential” by Travel Weekly, Nielson Business Ratings and now Conde Nast. “I’m both touched and honored,” said Kate.

ForbesLife Executive Woman stated, “Before Hanni became the hero of frustrated travelers across the US, she was a real-estate broker with $40 million in sales and an occasional singer in a rock band. But after spending more than nine hours stuck on the tarmac in Austin, Texas in 2006, she used her business savvy to create a coalition that advocates for passenger rights. The group has grown to 23,000 members and has lobbied Congress to implement a bill of rights for stranded passengers. Not all of the coalition’s demands have been met – yet – but Hanni’s influence keeps growing.”

The Coalition has 23,100 people and claims successes as the New York Passengers’ Bill of Rights, 2 DOT Rulemakings; one doubled compensation for Denied Boarding and the correct reporting of Diversions and Cancellations when “Stranded” on the Tarmac.