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Travel Tip: Why A New Travel Law Isn’t Going Into Effect

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Some of you might remember that Congress ordered a rule that required airlines to refund your checked bag fee if your luggage is late or lost.

In fact, Congress passed the refund law in July 2016.

But there’s a catch.

The legislation left it up to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to work out the details by July of last year.

Guess what? Nothing has happened.

Why? Because on his first day in office, President Trump ordered a freeze on all new regulations pending review.

What’s the result? While there’s a law, there’s no approved procedure in place to apply it.

Having said that, if your airline does delay your bags, you should still remind them of the law and ask for a refund.

Some airlines are issuing them, but a number aren’t, because the DOT has not forced them to do so.

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