U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Vows to Strengthen Passenger Rights.

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Stronger Consumer Protections 

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pledges a sweeping upgrade in passenger consumer protections to hold airlines accountable for their obligations.

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Enforcement Measures 

Buttigieg is committed to enforcing airlines' responsibilities, imposing fines, and opening investigations when necessary to protect passengers' rights.

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While Buttigieg works with airlines when possible, he added: "We're going to beat 'em up when we think that's important to get passengers a better deal." 

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Biden Administration's Stance 

President Joe Biden has been critical of airlines, emphasizing that passengers should not be treated poorly during air travel.

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Air Traffic Control Staffing 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) faces demands to enhance air traffic control staffing to address flight delays and passenger rights issues.

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Ongoing Investigations 

Buttigieg has initiated investigations into carrier misbehavior and operational meltdowns experienced by airlines like United and Southwest.

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Expanding Passenger Rights 

The Transportation Department plans to propose new rules compelling airlines to compensate passengers for significant flight delays or cancellations caused by carriers.

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Successful 5G C-Band Rollout 

Buttigieg reports a smooth 5G C-Band rollout, which initially raised concerns of potential disruptions for airplanes without upgraded radio altimeters.

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Improved Airline Industry 

Despite past challenges, Buttigieg notes improvements in the airline industry, including lower cancellation rates and more realistic schedules.

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Advocating for Passengers 

Buttigieg emphasizes that his efforts aim to expand passenger rights significantly, creating better travel experiences for everyone.

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