Biden Admin Wants New Regulations for Airlines

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( – The Biden administration has announced plans for new rules intended to help consumers who are facing flight delays and cancellations. These rules come after the travel havoc that ensued last year over the holidays with many people getting stranded after having their flights canceled or delayed.

On Monday, May 8 White House and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that they were looking into implementing new requirements for airlines to deal with cases of controllable airline cancellation and delays. The requirements currently being discussed  include additional refunds and amenities given to consumers whose flights got delayed or canceled. President Joe Biden also said his administration would be proposing a rule in 2023 that would require airlines to pay for pay for travel, transportation, meals, and more if they are to blame for the cancellation or delay.

An enhanced dashboard would also be created on to show what amenities each airline specifically provides. According to NBC News, the Transportation Department said in a statement that it was striving to help passengers and protect their wallets.

The disruptions late last year led to more than 3,000 flights, out of which over 2,600 were Southwest Airlines flights, being canceled within one day in December. Following the cancellations, there were also a lot of criticisms about the lack of accommodations that the airlines provided to travelers.

Buttigieg has also faced a lot of criticism following the disruptions in the travel industry and the recent train derailments. These planned regulations are part of the Biden administration’s general attempt to regulate the flight industry.

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