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Buttigieg Urges US Airlines to Buy Meals for Delayed Passengers

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Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg

Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

US airlines should buy meals and hotel rooms for passengers suffering lengthy flight delays, according to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who called the disruptions roiling the travel industry “unacceptable.”

In a letter to major carriers, Buttigieg asked that travelers be given meal vouchers for delays of at least three hours that are caused by the airlines themselves. Passengers stranded overnight should be given hotel lodging accommodations, he said.