Airlines Face Criticism Amid Irma Price-Gouging Complaints – New York Times

Amid complaints of airlines taking advantage of those trying to flee Hurricane Irma, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward J. Markey have written to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao, asking her to look into reports of possible price gouging.

A tweet that went viral earlier this week sparked outrage over suspected price gouging by airlines of Hurricane Irma evacuees.

Many others have used social media to chastise the airlines’ supposed bad behavior throughout this past week:

Florida residents have been logging their compaints about unfair pricing of items like water and gasoline, along with airfares, with the office of Pam Bondi, the attorney general of Florida. There have been more than 7,000 since Monday, the attorney general said on Friday.

In their letter to Transportation Secretary Chao, Senators Blumenthal and Markey wrote:

“Airlines certainly have a right to a reasonable return for services rendered and vagaries in pricing are to be expected; but airlines have no right to impose exorbitant, unfair prices on Americans simply trying to get out of harm’s way.”

Florida Representative Charlie Crist also wrote a letter to Ms. Chao, calling for an investigation of United Airlines after receiving several complaints over airfare increases.

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Airlines Face Criticism Amid Irma Price-Gouging Complaints – New York Times

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