Refunds For Passengers Who Helped Flatten the Curve

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WHEREAS, the coronavirus has been spread by people who do not display any symptoms;

WHEREAS, airline travel is one of the biggest vectors of the virus;

WHEREAS, many states have issued stay at home orders banning non-essential travel and activities in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus;

WHEREAS, states and the White House have recommended social distancing and other health precautions;

WHEREAS, the Department of Transportation has not promulgated safety standards for airlines and airports during the coronavirus;

WHEREAS, airlines have been reluctant and slow to implement safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic, such as as mask-wearing, social distancing, and temperature testing;

WHEREAS, passengers, not the DOT or airlines, have assumed the responsibility of slowing the spread of the coronavirus;

WHEREAS, passengers have cancelled flights (1) to obey state and local stay at home orders or (2) to avoid travel when they are sick or are especially vulnerable to the virus due to age or medical condition;

WHEREAS, passengers who have responsibly cancelled their flights have not been given full refunds, and instead have been issued travel vouchers with expiration dates;

WHEREAS, passengers are in need of their money to fulfill their basic needs during the coronavirus pandemic;

WHEREFORE, the undersigned hereby petition the Department of Transportation to order airlines to provide refunds to passengers who responsibly cancelled their flight in the name of public health, personal health, or obeying the law.



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