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Bicameral legislation introduced to entitle consumers to cash refunds for flight, ticket cancellations

In response to recent airline flight cancellations, U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined U.S. Sens. Edward Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in introducing legislation to protect flying consumers.

The Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations Act would provide consumers with a right to a full cash refund for flight or ticket cancellations. The bill codifies U.S. Department of Transportation rules that require major airlines to offer consumers a cash refund if an airline cancels or significantly delays a flight. The legislation also gives consumers with a new right to a cash refund if they cancel their flight up to 48 hours before a flight’s scheduled departure.

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