If you earned $3.1 billion dollars during the first six months of this year, would you want to give any of it back?
The airlines certainly do not.
According to this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the United States Department of Transportation proposes to adopt a ruling by the spring of 2011 to mandate that all airlines offer refunds of baggage fees when the bags of passengers are lost or delayed.
While some airlines already have such a policy, many still do not at this time.
The airlines reportedly claim that they oppose the refund idea because “a government mandate like this would only raise fares for everyone, including people who don’t check bags” and that “a refund won’t work because the requirement for ‘timely delivered’ bags is a ‘subjective standard’ and would ‘not account for varying conditions.’”