Buttigieg tells furious fliers how to get refunds as more than 500 flights canceled

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during the day-to-day briefing at the White Home in Washington, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. (AP Image/Susan Walsh)

Buttigieg tells furious fliers how to get refunds as over 500 flights canceled

Jenny Goldsberry

July 02, 04:33 PM July 02, 04:33 PM

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After hundreds of flight cancellations, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took to Twitter to persuade burned shoppers to get their cash refunded.

“Flight canceled? You are entitled to a prompt refund,” Buttigieg tweeted Saturday. “Discover far more about your rights at our Client Protection web-site.”

The Section of Transportation lets refunds for scenarios in which flights are canceled or delayed, bags are shed, and even if a customer’s company course changes. Even so, refunds for delayed flights only utilize to those with a “major delay,” which is decided on a case-by-scenario foundation by the DOT. These refunds only use to shoppers who e book right with an airline, as individuals bookings with 3rd-get together organizations are demanded to be refunded by the travel agent.


By midday on Saturday, far more than 500 flights had now been canceled, with pretty much 2,000 additional delayed, in accordance to FlightAware.

About 2.49 million travellers went as a result of stability checkpoints at U.S. airports Friday, surpassing the past pandemic-era report of 2.46 million attained previously in the 7 days, according to figures released Saturday by the Transportation Security Administration.

Friday’s passenger volume marked a 13% enhance from July 1 last calendar year, which fell on the Thursday ahead of the Fourth of July. This year’s range of passengers going as a result of U.S. airports also eclipsed the 2.35 million screened at safety checkpoints on the Friday just before the Fourth of July in 2019, but that was nearly a 7 days ahead of Independence Day.

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But airlines have struggled to continue to keep up with the surging demand amid staffing shortages and an assortment of other troubles that have resulted in waves of flight delays and cancellations that have been transforming some holidays into nightmarish ordeals.

A lot of airlines, which include Delta, Southwest, and JetBlue, have responded to the problem by curtailing their summer schedules in an effort to lessen the inconveniences (and backlash) brought on by flight delays and cancellations. They are using larger sized planes on typical to carry more passengers while they scramble to seek the services of and coach more pilots.

A overall of 6,611 flights into, out of, or inside the United States had been delayed on Friday, and 558 U.S. flights for the same working day have been canceled, according to FlightAware. Earlier in the 7 days, additional than 1,800 flights were being canceled Wednesday morning, with an estimated 9,340 delays. Routes have even been forever canceled as a final result of the labor lack.

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