President Biden recently proposed new rules for airlines and travel sites. The aim is for carriers to be more transparent about what he called “unnecessary hidden fees.”
“They cancel on you, and you have to pay a fee to rebook,” the President said. Come on, man. It’s just simply not fair. It’s not fair.”
If the rule is implemented, airlines would have to disclose upfront charges for cancellations, change of flights, checked bags and babies traveling with parents.
Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association and lobbying group that represents the airline industry, says that “they already offer transparency to consumers from first search to touchdown.”
Just this past week, 3,700 flights were canceled, mostly in Florida due to Hurricane Ian. Major airlines are issuing travel waivers allowing passengers to rebook without paying the difference.