Department of Transportation's Plan to Improve Air Travel Includes Lipinski Legislation Requiring Refunds for Baggage Fees If Luggage is Delayed (October 19, 2016)

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is issuing an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking that requires airlines to refund baggage fees for passengers if their luggage is substantially delayed.  This much-needed change – originally proposed in a bill from Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) – was included in a short-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration approved in the summer.

“Airline passengers deserve to be treated with fairness and respect,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “If you pay for a service, you should get that service or get your money back.  It’s just common sense.”

The DOT will be seeking feedback about how it should define a substantial delay, whether it should differentiate between international and domestic flights, and how soon a refund should be issued.