Americans Could Receive Cash Refunds For Flight Cancellations Under A New Law

According to an Aug. 1 press release from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, the Flight Cancelation Cash Refund Act would require airlines to provide passengers with a full cash refund within 30 days if their flight is canceled or significantly delayed less than 48 hours before departure.

Under current federal and Department of Transportation regulations, passengers are entitled to a refund if their flight is canceled. However, many airlines instead grant vouchers or the option to rebook the flight. The legislation would require them to issue cash refunds.

The bill comes in the wake of thousands of flights delayed or canceled this summer due to airline staffing

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