Bernie Sanders calls out potential 2024 presidential rival Buttigieg over flight cancellations, delays

In an email sent from Sanders to supporters on Friday, the senator targeted Buttigieg over the crisis Americans are facing amid Independence Day as it relates to flight delays and cancellations, as well as the high prices associated with tickets, checked bags, and fees.

As rumors circulate around a potential presidential run from Sanders in 2024, his remarks regarding action that he believes should be taken from Buttigieg, who is also rumored to be a Democratic presidential hopeful, were accompanied by a petition urging swift action on the issue from the administration.

This is not the first time Sanders has spoken out about the problems or offered criticism of Buttigieg. 本周早些时候, 桑德斯 sent a letter to Buttigieg 敦促 “immediate action to substantially reducethe problems Americans are being forced to undergo with air travel.

本周早些时候, 它的. 伯尼·桑德斯, I-Vt。, urged Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg to take "immediate action" to address flight delays and cancellations, as well as alleviate high costs associated with air travel.

本周早些时候, 它的. 伯尼·桑德斯, I-Vt。, urged Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg to takeimmediate actionto address flight delays and cancellations, as well as alleviate high costs associated with air travel. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service, Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

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All over this country, airline passengers are growing increasingly frustrated by the massive increase in flight delays, cancellations, and outrageously high prices they are forced to pay for tickets, checked bags and other fees,” Sanders wrote. “Thousands of flight disruptions have left passengers and crew members stranded at crowded airports from one end of the country to the other forcing them to miss weddings, funerals, and business meetings and ruining family vacations that have been planned for months in advance.

Sanders said the flight issues occurring across America 是 “simply unacceptableand insisted the administration must work to ensure that passengers aretreated with respect, not contempt.

它的. 伯尼·桑德斯, I-Vt。, is seen in the Capitol after the senate conducted a procedural vote on the infrastructure bill on Wednesday, 七月 21, 2021.

它的. 伯尼·桑德斯, I-Vt。, is seen in the Capitol after the senate conducted a procedural vote on the infrastructure bill on Wednesday, 七月 21, 2021. (汤姆·威廉姆斯/ CQ-Roll电话, 公司通过盖蒂图片社)

During the pandemic, when air travel came to a near halt, 我们. taxpayers came to the rescue and gave $ 54 billion to the airline industry,” Sanders added in the letter. “The top eight airlines alone received nearly $ 50 billion in taxpayer assistance from the federal government. Given all of the generous taxpayer support that has been provided to the airline industry, all of us have a responsibility to make sure that passengers and crew members are treated with respect, not contempt.

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在他的信中, Sanders urged Buttigieg to require airlines to refund passengers for flights delayed more than an hour, impose fines on airlines for flights delayed for more than two hours, and impose fines on airlines that cannotproperly staffscheduled flights.

Both Sanders and Buttigieg competed for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 总统选举, and questions have begun swirling whether the pair may face off against one another again in 2024.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, 星期一, 十一月. 8, 2021.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, 星期一, 十一月. 8, 2021. (美联社照片/苏珊·沃尔什)

Asked whether 拜登总统 had spoken with Buttigieg about the flight delays and cancellations that have swept across the country, Gene Sperling, a senior adviser to Biden, said Friday during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “故事” with Martha MacCallum that the administration hasenormous confidence” 在里面 “星” transportation secretary.

I’m not going to front-run Secretary Buttigieg,” Sperling added. “He’s going to be speaking about the issues.

Domestic airfare rose 47% 一月以来 2022, according to Adobe Analytics.

Some travelers told Fox News the impact of high inflation delayed their travel plans.

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