Rep. Gottheimer introduces legislation to protect air travelers from ‘junk fees’

It comes on the heels of new rules from the Department of Transportation requiring airlines to give cash refunds to passengers for canceled and significantly delayed flights.

Matt Trapani

Apr 29, 2024, 9:29 PM

Updated 30 days ago

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U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer is introducing legislation that would further protect air travelers from so-called “junk fees.”
It comes on the heels of new rules from the Department of Transportation requiring airlines to give cash refunds to passengers for canceled and significantly delayed flights.
"They will give customers more clarity and confidence when traveling. When they come to the airport here, they should feel better about it,” Gottheimer said Monday during an event at Newark Liberty International Airport. “We want to make sure these new consumer protections are not just a passing fad. We can't let a future presidential administration betray our commitment to families."
The congressman says that 37,000 people filed complaints with the Department of Transportation in the first nine months of 2023. He says that he hopes that number will drop significantly if the legislation is passed.


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