You Are Not Free to Move About the Country

Source: Reason
by Jordan McGillis

“The Transportation Department announced a plan this month to discourage airlines from inflicting delays on passengers. The proposal, expected to be released in full later this year, would require airlines to pay customers in cash when their flights are significantly delayed, over and above granting them refunds. After the operational meltdowns of the 2022 holiday season and amid a widespread sense of a qualitative service decline, the cash compensation idea for tardy departures will surely score President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg some political points. What it will not do is catalyze the thoroughgoing, durable industry improvement we need. If we want a better air travel experience in the U.S., it’s time to open the skies to international competition.” (05/15/23)