The Hill reports:
Democratic senators introduced legislation Wednesday requiring airlines refund billions of dollars to customers who canceled flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cash refunds from major airlines and third-party ticket sellers would be issued regardless of whether the airline canceled the flight or if the passenger backed out of their ticket, according to a summary of the bill.
While airlines are already required to offer cash refunds for flights they cancel, air carriers are not under the same obligation for flights canceled by customers. “Americans need cash in their pockets to pay for food, housing, and prescriptions, not temporary credits toward future travel,” Sen. Edward Markey said. “Airlines already have a moral responsibility to give cash refunds for cancelled tickets. My legislation will give them a legal responsibility, too.”