NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Consumers have had to put up with an endless series of new or increased airline fees in recent years on everything from checked bags to printing out a boarding pass, but now one U.S. Senator wants to provide travelers with some small but symbolic consolation.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told the Associated Press this week that he plans to introduce a bill requiring airlines to reimburse customers for any baggage fees they paid if their luggage doesn’t arrive on time, unless the airlines take the initiative to adopt the guideline on their own.
Schumer’s proposal expands on a rule set to take effect next month that forces airlines to refund passengers for baggage fees if their luggage is lost permanently, but the regulation, part of the Department of Transportation’s passenger bill of rights, does not address luggage that is delayed temporarily.
At the moment, airlines are required to cover related expenses on lost or delayed baggage for up to $3,300 per passenger, but even if your luggage ends up lost in another country for all eternity, the airlines are allowed to hold onto the fee you paid for them to transport that baggage in the first place.