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H.R. 6965: Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act of 2020

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Would the move bankrupt the already-besieged airline industry?


With millions of flights cancelled since March due to the covid-19 pandemic, different airlines have offered different policies for customers. Some are only offering vouchers for a future flight, rather than allowing a full refund option as well.

The problem is, for various reasons, many customers don’t want credit towards a future flight. Perhaps the event for which they were originally flying has been cancelled, or perhaps they’ll still feel unsafe in crowded spaces for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, some customers just want the full refund.

A 2011 regulation from the Obama-era Transportation Department already required airlines to provide refunds if the airline itself cancels an entire flight. But some airlines have been disobeying the existing regulation (or at ...

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Steve Cohen

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2020
Length: 6 pages
May 22, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on May 22, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 22, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 22, 2020

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