The U.S. Senate has passed a $105 billion FAA reauthorization bill with a requirement for airlines to offer full refunds for flight cancellations and significant delays. The addition to the bill was co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri.

“If the airline cancels your flight, they refund it to you automatically,” Hawley told Missourinet. “You don’t have to beg, you don’t have to ask, you don’t have to stand on one foot and wait till next Tuesday when the moon is full – none of that garbage that they usually subject us to. You just get it.”

The bill with the amendment overwhelmingly passed the U.S. Senate 88-4 on Friday, one day before it was set to expire. Because of that, the Senate also passed a one-week extension to give the U.S. House time to vote on it this week.

“This has been a long time coming,” Hawley said. “The airlines always look for some way to stiff their passengers, and who has this not happened to? If you’ve ever flown it’s happened to you. So, it’s time now for the airlines to pony up. If they cancel your flight, they should pay for it.”

The amendment was co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.

If the U.S. House passes the FAA bill this week, it would then go to President Biden for his decision. It would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration through Fiscal Year 2028, which begins September 30th, 2027.

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