Traveling by plane is at once a blessing and a curse: on one hand, it allows you to crisscross the globe at futuristic speeds, but to do it, you’re squeezed into a metal tube with strangers who are all predisposed to hate each other, and given little to no control over the entire process. From power-tripping flight attendants to spending endless, confusing hours waiting on the tarmac, air travel has earned a reputation for making passengers feel powerless.
But if you channel your inner He-Man, you will realize it’s you who has the power. The US Department of Transportation maintains in-depth information about your rights as an air-travel consumer. However, given the breadth and complexity of modern aviation, here’s a shortlist of the most important rights to know you have as an airline passenger.