In a summer of canceled flights, lawmakers seek to crack down on airlines
Two U.S. House Democrats proposed a measure Tuesday that would make it illegal for airlines to offer flights when they know they don't have enough staff.
Details: Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) proposed making it unlawful for airlines to offer flights if they know they don't have sufficient staffing, or to cancel flights close to scheduled departures, Reuters reports.
- The two Congress members said the measure would give the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general new powers to act.
- The measure would repeal an existing exemption that passenger airlines received from under a 1958 law.
What they're saying: "Stronger enforcement of the airline industry is urgently needed," Schakowsky said, per Reuters.
- "The airline industry must be held accountable for the harm they are causing: the missed life events, time separated from family and friends, and the stress of navigating a travel system that isn’t putting consumers first," she added.
Flashback: The Department of Transportation last week proposed new protections for travelers, including requiring airlines to provide vouchers that don't expire to passengers unable to fly for pandemic-related reasons.
- The department said it has been flooded with complaints about air travel services since the onset of the pandemic.