Mr. Buttigieg had been called on to be tougher with the country’s airlines even before the recent problems with air travel. During the height of the pandemic, the federal government gave the airlines tens of billions of dollars to help keep their workers employed.

Additionally, the state attorneys general have pressed for tighter supervision. (air travel)

A bipartisan group of approximately 320 attorneys general criticized the Transportation Department in an August letter for failing to protect passengers and hold airlines accountable, stating that a “vacuum of oversight allows airlines to mistreat consumers.” The attorneys general requested legislation that would grant them authority to enforce consumer protection laws against airlines, claiming that the issue affected administrations of both parties.

California Democrat Representative Ro Khanna suggested that Mr. Buttigieg should impose severe financial penalties on carriers, similar to how the Obama administration dealt with passengers stuck on tarmacs.

According to Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA,(travel)

Mr. Buttigieg inherited a department with numerous issues and significant underfunding. She stated that he had, to his credit, been in constant contact with aviation leaders and was first to address issues when they arose.

Ms. Nelson stated, “People can see that he’s engaging on every issue and taking ownership of that.” However, she added, “that also opens him up for criticism, because there is not a day that goes by that someone is not finding fault with the airline industry.” Ms. Nelson was referring to Mr. Nelson.

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