US to propose new rules for airline cancellations, delays | Loop … – Loop News Jamaica

Login
JamaicaJamaica
2 min read
The Biden administration is working on new regulations that would require airlines to compensate passengers and cover their meals and hotel rooms if they are stranded for reasons within the airline’s control.
The White House said President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg would announce the start of the rulemaking process Monday.
The rulemaking pledge continues a push by the Democratic administration to require airlines to improve customer service, and it comes just weeks before the start of the peak summer travel season.
The aim of the rules would be, for the first time, to require airlines to pay compensation beyond a ticket refund and to cover expenses that consumers incur, including rebooking on another flight, if the airline causes a cancellation or significant delay.
“When an airline causes a flight cancellation or delay, passengers should not foot the bill,” Buttigieg said in a statement.
Currently, when an airline cancels a flight for any reason, consumers can demand a refund of the unused part of their ticket and certain extras that they might have paid to the airline, such as fees for checking a bag or getting a seat assignment. Airlines often try to persuade consumers to accept a travel voucher instead of a refund.
After widespread flight disruptions last summer, the Transportation Department posted an online dashboard that was designed to pressure the airlines to improve customer service. The site lets consumers check each airline’s policy on refunds and compensation when flights are cancelled or delayed.
Each of the 10 largest US airlines quickly promised to provide cash or vouchers for meals when a cancellation forces passengers to wait at least three hours for another flight. Nine of the 10 — all but Frontier Airlines — also promised to pay for accommodations for passengers stranded overnight.
Questions arose again around reimbursing consumers for out-of-pocket costs after Southwest Airlines cancelled nearly 17,000 flights during a December meltdown in service. The Transportation and Justice departments are investigating whether Southwest scheduled more flights than it realistically could handle.
The Transportation Department says it is working with the airlines to reduce cancellations and delays this summer when air travel could exceed pre-coronavirus pandemic records.
A report last month from the congressional Government Accountability Office blamed airlines for many cancellations, but the Federal Aviation Administration has also created disruptions due to technology outages and staffing shortages. The FAA recently encouraged airlines to reduce flights to and from major New York airports this summer because it doesn’t have enough air traffic controllers at a key facility.
By David Koenig
Why American Airlines postponed flight plans to St Mary airport
September 11, 2022 04:46 AM
Delta says free Wi-Fi coming to many US flights next month
January 10, 2023 10:17 PM
After wave of cancellations, Delta sees recovery in 2022
January 13, 2022 11:37 AM
VIDEO: Sleuths making headway with probe into cop’s murder on Sunday

Double murder in Mount Salem, Montego Bay

VIDEO: Cops said to be coping with news of colleague’s fiery death

Alana Reid proves too hot for Adaejah Hodge in Maryland
Jamaica’s national junior record holder, Alana Reid of Hydel High, won the Girls’ 100m final at the 2023 Puma East Coast International Showcase in Maryland on Saturday in a meet-record time of 11.01 s
00:58

Policeman shot dead in St Andrew
The Police High Command has condemned the killing of a district constable along Berwick Road in the St Andrew South Police Division on Sunday, May 7. 30-year-old District Constable Ricardo Jarrett

Social media influencers welcome 'Royal' baby
New dad Dan Dan says her birth is most emotional moment of his life

Cop dies in fiery car crash on Edward Seaga Highway
On the same day when a district constable was shot and killed by gunmen in downtown Kingston, another police constable lost his life in a single-vehicle crash along the Edward Seaga Highway between An
01:10

Gun-toting man seen in viral videos wanted by Clarendon police
Detectives assigned to the Clarendon Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) have listed Menelek Youngsam as wanted, after previously naming him as a person of interest. The man, seen with a gun in a

Moneague College senior educator dies suddenly; tributes flowing
Tributes are flowing for Quality Assurance Officer at Moneague College in St Ann, Dr Andre Grant, who died suddenly on Friday. Grant was found unresponsive at his cottage on the main campus in Mon

DIY with Loop: Tiered spice rack and new-look French cabinet doors
It’s May so that means it is time for the all-new Loop News series, DIY with Loop in partnership with H&L Rapid True Value! We were so excited to get started ahead of Labour Day that we op
NCB 'on the go' at Expo Jamaica
For more than 15 years, National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) has partnered with the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) to support the biggest trade show and exhibition in
The Steer Vodcast: Formula 1 action and insight for the '23 season
After a three-week break, Formula 1 returns to action with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix ahead of the much-anticipated Miami Grand Prix on May 7. This gives The Steer a great opportunity to catch you up o
VIDEO: Sleuths making headway with probe into cop’s murder on Sunday
Detectives from the St Andrew South police, working in tandem with members of the Major Investigation Division (MID), are said to be making some headway into the killing of District Constable Ricardo

source

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top