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Biden Administration Introduces Historic New Rules to Hold Airlines Accountable for Cancellations and Delays

Biden Administration Introduces Historic New Rules to Hold Airlines Accountable for Cancellations and Delays

BY EJAAZ CADINOUCHE 05/08/2023 AGO 33 COMMENTS

This morning, President Biden and Transportation Secretary Buttigieg spoke on holding airlines accountable at all times throughout the year, regardless of weather delays, and technical issues.

 



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Buttigieg outlined that, last summer, the United States had experienced "unacceptable rates of delays" even on "blue sky days", using the meltdown of Southwest Airlines as a prime example. Despite this, figures have shown a drop in cancellations to under two percent, a significant improvement even over the busy Spring Break period.

 

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President Biden described the airline industry as a key part of the US economy. However, traveling in the U.S. has proven to be frustrating for most Americans.

 

In times of cancellations and delays, most airlines now cover not only the refund of the ticket but also the costs of meals and hotels. There is no re-booking fee on most airlines.

 



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A new rule was recently proposed and will soon be implemented in terms of pricing. Airlines will have to display full ticket prices, including baggage fees, WiFi, and other charges. The President described these as "junk fees".

 



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Two critical steps have just been implemented. Firstly, FlightRights.gov is a new website to provide travelers with comprehensive information on how airlines should compensate passengers in times of delays or cancellations. This includes monetary compensation and miles.

 

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Secondly, a historic new rule will make it mandatory for all U.S. airlines to compensate passengers with meals, hotels, taxis, rideshares, and rebooking fees. This will include miles and travel vouchers, all on top of refunding the cost of the airfare. President Biden pointed out that this already happens in Europe, with proof that passenger satisfaction and air traffic flow have improved.

 

The Biden Administration is confident that these new rules will improve the air travel experience for all.

Ejaaz Cadinouche
Editor-in-Chief. Based in London. Senior at ERAU Daytona Beach. Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot. LHR/DAB/MCO. ASSP. SA RAeS. United Aviate. Ex-Flt. Sgt. RAFAC

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Alright Already If Lyin Byedin did it, I don't trust it nor will it end well !!!
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Johnny G Sheesh, more government overreach! Where in the Constitution does it say this is the responsibility of the federal government? All this will do is drive up ticket prices even more.
294d ago • Reply
Jim Radcliffe Biden is an idiot. How in the heck does he believe he has the right to run an airline better than the professional managers in today’s airlines? Biden cannot manage anything, unless it is accompanied by commissions, hidden graft, etc. It appears to me that there are young, inexperienced woke socialists coming up with weekly edicts delivered thru Joe’s teleprompter. He just reads what Bernie’s and Obama’s servants put in the teleprompter. Pray the USA survives the next year and a half until the next election. Otherwise I believe we are watching the collapse of the United States from within.
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Brian Hmmmm, and who will pay for this??????? The traveling public, I cannot believe anyone could be so stupid as to think that major companies will just eat these costs without passing them on the their customers. Looks good on paper, but anyone with half a brain knows the price of your family vacation airfare just skyrocketed!
296d ago • Reply
R. Steven Pressure on Pilots to fly now to mitigate charges by passengers missing flights. But what’s a few lives in the name of politics to the Biden administration- i.e. Afghanistan, Southern Border, Fentanyl crisis, Ukraine cover of Biden family money laundering, decay of Cities due to crime. It never ends.
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William Bell This could lead to increased pressure on pilots, who have the final decision on whether a flight is safe to make, to fly in worse weather. The end result could be a decrease in air travel safety.
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