December 1, 2022

Airlines Clash With The DOT

In the latest on American travel news, Airlines clash with the DOT. The Biden administration’s most recent initiatives to publicly prod them into providing more passenger benefits are being criticized by major US airlines.

Airlines for America claims that the Department of Transportation’s most recent request for airlines will result in delayed passengers. And will be “punitive” rather than transparent.

Airlines for America stated: “We support workable solutions that actually enhance the passenger experience and boost operations throughout the National Airspace System .”

“This most recent request by the Department of Transportation is not one of those.”

The DOT released a “dashboard” outlining the perks. Perks the 10 biggest US airlines have agreed to offer passengers when flights are canceled. Or when delayed in advance of the busy Labor Day weekend.

Airlines and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg were arguing about whose staffing concerns were most to blame for the mess. And the dashboard was introduced in response to a summer that saw roughly 56,000 flight cancellations. Launching the dashboard, according to the White House, put pressure on airlines to improve their fine print procedures.

However, the DOT’s intentions to enhance the dashboard with new data are drawing criticism from the airline industry.

 

Airlines clash with the DOT

The Department of Transportation and Airlines for America declined to comment on the particulars of the government’s request and plans. According to Reuters, the demand is that airlines agree to offer credits. Along with frequent flier miles, or $100 to passengers who are delayed by more than three hours. According to Reuters, airlines have till Monday to react to the request.

For the traveling public, the modification “threatens to produce unnecessary, extra uncertainty regarding the spectrum of reasons and causes for delays.

 

“including weather and air traffic control staffing,” according to Airlines for America.

It was “impossible to find and incredibly hard to decipher,” according to the DOT, how airlines were obligated to treat their customers. The next update was not expressly addressed by a representative.

According to DOT, “American travelers now have greater transparency and better customer service plans that promise them more services” as a result of the dashboard’s work.

We’ll keep looking out for travelers and seek to improve transparency so that people in the United States understand exactly what the airlines are offering when there is a cancellation or delay.

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