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Airlines would have to give refunds for delayed flights under new rule proposal

flight schedule is changed significantly or the airline makes major changes to their itinerary.The proposed rule announced Wednesday would require airlines to give refunds if their departure or arrival time changes by three hours or more for a domestic flight or at least six hours for an international one.Refunds would also be due if the airline changes the passenger’s departure or arrival airport, adds stops in their itinerary, or causes "a significant downgrade" in the travel experience by switching to a different type of plane.The rule would apply even for travelers who buy nonrefundable tickets, which usually cost less and are favored by many leisure travelers.The proposal comes after the department was flooded with complaints by passengers whose flights were canceled or changed — or who were afraid to fly during the early months of the pandemic — and who couldn't get refunds.RELATED: Delta passenger explains why he declined $10K offer to give up airplane seatAirlines prefer to hand out travel vouchers instead of refunds.The department proposes to require that airlines and ticket agents give vouchers that don't expire for passengers who are told not to travel during a pandemic for health reasons or because borders are closed.RELATED: Amid delays, American Airlines earns $476 million on record revenue in 2QThe proposal faces a public-comment period and likely opposition by airlines. Their trade group, Airlines for America, did not immediately comment.JetBlue Airways passengers in a crowded terminal April 7, 2022 in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Frontier Airlines adds cash to sweeten offer for Spirit merger
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Uber to expand ride reservation feature at airports ahead of busy summer travel season
FILE - An Uber sticker is seen on a car windshield on the street in downtown Miami on January 9, 2020. (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images) Uber is preparing for a busy summer travel season by expanding its ride reservation feature to a total of 55 airports worldwide, including 39 airports in the United States.Uber Reserve allows users to book rides up to 30 days in advance and will automatically adjust reservation times based on flight information to ensure drivers are waiting at the airport when a flight lands. Drivers will wait up to 60 minutes at no additional charge.DOMESTIC FLIGHT PRICES INCREASED 47% SINCE JANUARYThe feature is currently available for Black and Black SUV vehicles at airports in Atlanta; Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago (O'Hare and Midway); Dallas (DFW and Love); Denver; Fort Myers, Florida; Houston (IAH and Hobby); Miami (MIA, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach); Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York (JFK and LaGuardia); Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Seattle; and Washington D.C.
JetBlue pilot removed from cockpit after allegedly showing up drunk to work: TSA - - New York - state Florida - county Buffalo - county Lauderdale - city Fort Lauderdale, state Florida
JetBlue pilot removed from cockpit after allegedly showing up drunk to work: TSA
JetBlue pilot was removed from the cockpit of a Florida-bound plane before departure from New York on Wednesday after Transportation Security Administration agents said they noticed that he appeared impaired.The JetBlue plane was about to depart from Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Wednesday when Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police removed James Clifton, 52, from the flight after TSA agents alerted them of the possibly impaired pilot, according to The Buffalo News.TSA agents said they noticed that Clifton could have been impaired while he was passing a security checkpoint at the airport.NFTA police gave Clifton a breathalyzer test, and he was recorded with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17%, which is over four times Federal Aviation Administration standards for pilots, according to the report.The flight's scheduled destination was Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to the report.Following the breathalyzer test, Clifton was taken into police custody before being released to JetBlue security.MORE NEWS: 'It's a nightmare!': Bride's flight to destination wedding canceledClifton could face federal charges after the incident, the NFTA told The Buffalo News.A JetBlue spokesperson told FOX Business that the crew member involved in the incident "has been removed from his duties.""The safety of JetBlue’s customers and crewmembers is our first priority.  We adhere to all DOT rules and requirements concerning alcohol at all times and have a very strict zero tolerance internal alcohol policy. We are aware of the incident that occurred this morning in Buffalo and are cooperating fully with law enforcement.