Buttigieg Fines Airlines $7.25 Million For Slow-Walking Refunds To Consumers

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced on Monday that his department has fined six airlines a total of $7,25 million for not delivering timely refunds to consumers after their flights were canceled or significantly disrupted.

That brings the year-to-date total assessed by the Office of Aviation Consumer Protection to $8.1 million in civil penalties, the largest amount ever issued in a single year. The Department of Transportation said it expects to issue additional civil penalties for other violations later in the calendar year.

When a flight gets canceled, passengers should be refunded promptly, said Buttigieg. “When that doesn’t happen, we will act to hold airlines

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