Biden administration drafting airline passenger safety guidelines

The Biden administration is writing new rules to make sure passengers are compensated for flight delays and cancellations brought on by airways as Congress considers laws with related objectives.

The foundations have not been formally proposed however have been introduced with few particulars on Monday. They’d require airways to offer compensation, meal vouchers, in a single day lodging, floor transportation to and from a resort, rebooking and well timed customer support throughout and after flight delays and cancellations which are underneath the airways’ management.

“When an airline causes a flight cancellation or delay, passengers mustn’t foot the invoice,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg mentioned in a press release. “This rule would, for the primary time in U.S. historical past, suggest to require airways to compensate passengers and canopy bills equivalent to meals, motels, and rebooking in instances the place the airline has brought about a cancellation or vital delay.”   

Lawmakers in Congress have been urgent the Federal Aviation Administration to deal with passenger protections after what critics have referred to as a Southwest Airways Co. “meltdown” in December when delays and cancellations stranded 1000’s of passengers throughout the nation through the vacation season. 

The Senate Commerce Committee held a listening to on passenger protections in March, establishing conversations for an FAA reauthorization invoice that is due this 12 months. Other than honest compensation, the panel’s chair, Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and different Democrats have additionally referred to as on airways to nix “junk charges” for issues like household seating.

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