US to Propose Rules Requiring Airline Refunds for Delayed Baggage

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration will soon propose new rules to require passenger airlines to refund fees for bags that are significantly delayed and refunds for services like onboard Wi-Fi that does not work, the White House said Friday. White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese confirmed the planned rules at a briefing that were directed by President Joe Biden, saying it is “part of a broader effort that the president will release shortly around driving greater competition in the economy in service of lower prices.” Under existing Transportation Department rules, passengers are entitled to a fee refund if bags are lost, but not when delayed. Under the proposed rule to be released in the coming days, a “significantly delayed checked bag” is one not delivered to the passenger within 12 hours for domestic itineraries and within 25 hours for international itineraries. Airlines for America, a group representing major airlines, did …

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