Travelers whose flights are canceled are entitled to a CASH REFUND – new system to chase down money

TRAVELERS whose flights have been canceled are entitled to a cash refund thanks to a new system that takes action against airlines that don’t perform.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Wednesday that his agency is ready to crack down on airlines as flight delays and cancellations continue to rise.

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Travelers might be able to get a cash refund if their flight gets canceled due to a new proposal from the Department of TransportationCredit: Getty
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is pushing for a proposal to crack down on airlines that don't perform

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is pushing for a proposal to crack down on airlines that don’t performCredit: Getty

While speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Buttigieg said the Department of Transportation can and will enforce federal requirements such as refunds to passengers whose flights were canceled by airlines.

“When the right thing to do is to roll up our sleeves and bring the airlines to the table and work with them, I prefer to do that, but we’re also going to use our enforcement powers to make sure passengers have a better experience. ,” he said.

Buttigieg added, “but remember at the end of the day, these are private businesses.”

According to Airlines for America, flights are being canceled and schedules are reworked as airlines try to get ahold of other ongoing problems.

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Since the spring, carriers have been cutting back summer schedules “by 16 percent to accommodate staffing levels,” said Airlines for America.

Buttigieg and the DOT have proposed rules that will better protect airline customers with increased protections for passengers who want a cash refund after cancellation.

Currently, airlines can, at their discretion, give passengers a refund or vouchers for a future flight if they cancel the flight on their own.

However, the agency has proposed other rules to better define “unfair” or “deceptive” airline practices and to give more clarity to passengers about fees added to their ticket prices.

But the proposal mostly aims to help customers who are experiencing bad situations instead of forcing airlines to alleviate over-scheduled flights that are already hurting the system.

The DOT does have limitations, however, some lawmakers want to see the root of the travel problem addressed in the long term and while there are plans for regulations to protect customers, the DOT says the process takes some time.

Reps Jan Schakowsky and David Cicilline have introduced legislation that would allow the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on unfair practices in airline ticketing.

The bill propels “the DOT to get more serious about their consumer protection mandate, which we’ve wanted strengthened for a long time,” said National Consumers League Executive Director Sally Greenberg.

“It’s also a wake-up call for the airlines that they need to do better, and provide both the flights that they say they’re going to be flying [and] bring their flight schedules in line with their capacity,” she added.

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have also called for the DOT to fine airlines for every canceled flight or delayed flight due to foreseeable staffing issues.

At this time, however, it doesn’t seem too likely that the DOT will force the airlines’ hands just yet.

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Buttigieg confirmed that the DOT has a “number” of active investigations into airlines at the moment.

“DOT will continue to take action to protect the rights of airline passengers and consumer rights and when airlines fail to meet their responsibilities, they will be held accountable.”

Millions of passengers have been affected by flight delays or cancellations during the summer travel season

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Millions of passengers have been affected by flight delays or cancellations during the summer travel seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Buttigieg confirmed that the DOT has a 'number' of active investigations into airlines at the moment

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Buttigieg confirmed that the DOT has a ‘number’ of active investigations into airlines at the momentCredit: Getty

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