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S. 3727 (116th): 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 least dragging …

Sponsor and status

Edward “Ed” Markey

Sponsor. Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 13, 2020
Length: 6 pages
May 13, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 13, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


7 Cosponsors (7 Democrats)



May 13, 2020

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S. 3727 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3727. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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