Fetterman calls Biden to Fine Airlines amid thousands of cancellations

John Fetterman, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and current US Senate candidate, has called on President Joe Biden’s administration to fine airlines “up to $27,500 per passenger” for canceled flights.

Fetterman’s calls for airline fines come as US travelers encountered thousands of canceled flights ahead of Independence Day weekend.

Fetterman urged Biden to apply a fine similar to the one former President Barack Obama imposed on airlines with long delays.

Fetterman said in a statement Wednesday:

The Ministry of Transport must act. They should start fining airlines up to $27,500 per passenger for every flight they cancel when they know they don’t have the staff to fly – just like the Obama administration l did in 2009 every time airlines left a plane on the tarmac for more than 3 hours.

The Democratic Senate hopeful pointed to the billions of taxpayer dollars the airlines have received and said now is the time for airlines to “hold their end of the bargain”.

The DOT must also look for ways to ensure airlines compensate consumers for sunk costs. It’s the least they can do for violating their customers’ trust. The government has a responsibility to hold these airlines accountable. Taxpayers saved them, and now it’s their turn to keep their end of the bargain.

The thousands of cancellations are believed to be due to airlines running out of pilots and other staff after laying off or buying out large parts of their staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the Independence Day weekend is not the first time airlines have canceled flights en masse. Thousands of flights have been delayed since last October.

“But despite having to keep their workforce under the bailout, airlines have found loopholes to push thousands of pilots and crew out of their jobs,” Fetterman said.

“So now that airlines are getting busier, they overpromise, underdeliver and leave consumers in the dust. According to some airline employees, airlines are even booking passengers on flights that they know will not have the staff to operate,” Fetterman concluded.

Airlines on Wednesday canceled 634 flights within, to or from the United States and delayed another 5,070, according to Flight Aware flight tracking.

Fetterman leads Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz by four points, according to a recent poll.


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