Bill introduced to guarantee refunds to flyers during coronavirus outbreak
WRAL's Monica Laliberte has more on a bill introduced that would give flyers who could not fly during the coronavirus outbreak guaranteed refunds.
SKY5. >>> A BIG DEVELOPMENT IN THE PUSH FOR REFUNDS FOR PEOPLE WHOSE PLANS TO FLY DURING THIS PANDEMIC WERE CANCELED. WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT THIS GROWING DEBATE LAST WEEK. DESPITE SEVERAL LAWS, IT REQUIRES REFUNDS WHEN AIRLINES CANCEL A FLIGHT. MANY OFFERED VOUCHERS AS A DEFAULT AND MADE PASSENGERS TAKE EXTRA STEPS TO GET THEIR MONEY BACK. SO TODAY FIVE U.S. SENATORS INTRODUCED NEW LEGISLATION REQUIRING AIRLINES TO FIRST OFFER PASSENGERS IF THEIR FLIGHTS WERE CANCELED ON OR AFTER MARCH 1st BECAUSE OF COVID-19. AND THE BILL INCLUDES FLIGHTS THAT WERE SOLD THROUGH THIRD PARTIES. THAT IS A BIG STICKING POINT. ONE SENATOR SAID "AMERICANS NEED CASH IN THEIR POCKETS TO PAY FOR FOOD AND HOUSING, NOT TEMPORARY CREDITS OR FUTURE TRAVEL." THE SENATORS ESTIMATE THAT AIRLINES ARE SITTING ON ABOUT $10 BILLION IN TRAVELLERS' MONEY WHILE GETTING MORE THAN $50 BILLION FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN BAILOUT MONEY. WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED ON WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE BILL. >>> AIRLINES COULD ALSO OFFER VOUCHERS IF A CUSTOMER PREFERS