California leaders monitor canceled flight chaos

As Southwest and other flight cancellations continue to disrupt in- and out-of-state travel in California, while leaving some stranded, state leaders said they’re keeping an eye on the issue. | PREVIOUS COVERAGE ABOVE | Flight cancellations leave Southwest travelers stranded in SacramentoA spokesperson for Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the governor’s office is monitoring the situation. With prices surpassing $1,000 for flights between cities in California, including some from Sacramento to San Diego for example, the state attorney general’s office said Tuesday it could not comment on, confirm or deny a potential investigation into the high prices. The state’s price gouging laws are not triggered unless there is a federal, state or local emergency declaration. Newsom’s office said the governor, as of Tuesday, did not plan to declare a state of emergency. Laws around deceptive pricing, price fixing, or other antitrust violations are in effect without an emergency declaration. | MORE | Flight canceled? Experts share some advice about what to doCalifornia Attorney General Rob Bonta scrutinized the airlines in a tweet Tuesday: “Lost bags, stranded passengers, impossible to reach customer service. This weekend’s travel chaos wasn’t just about the weather. Airlines have lost the trust of the customers they are meant to serve. We need more accountability and transparency in the airline industry.” Last week, Bonta sent a letter to the US Department of Transportation, urging the agency to ramp up its regulation of the airline industry. In August, he asked Congress to pass legislation to give states more power to address consumer complaints against airlines.

As Southwest and other flight cancellations continue to disrupt in- and out-of-state travel in California, while leaving some stranded, state leaders said they’re keeping an eye on the issue.

| PREVIOUS COVERAGE ABOVE | Flight cancellations leave Southwest travelers stranded in Sacramento

A spokesperson for Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the governor’s office is monitoring the situation.

With prices surpassing $1,000 for flights between cities in California, including some from Sacramento to San Diego for example, the state attorney general’s office said Tuesday it could not comment on, confirm or deny a potential investigation into the high prices.

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The state’s price gouging laws are not triggered unless there is a federal, state or local emergency declaration. Newsom’s office said the governor, as of Tuesday, did not plan to declare a state of emergency. Laws around deceptive pricing, price fixing, or other antitrust violations are in effect without an emergency declaration.

| MORE | Flight canceled? Experts share some advice about what to do

California Attorney General Rob Bonta scrutinized the airlines in a tweet Tuesday:

“Lost bags, stranded passengers, impossible to reach customer service. This weekend’s travel chaos wasn’t just about the weather. Airlines have lost the trust of the customers they are meant to serve. We need more accountability and transparency in the airline industry. ”

Last week, Bonta sent a letter to the US Department of Transportation, urging the agency to ramp up its regulation of the airline industry. In August, he asked Congress to pass legislation to give states more power to address consumer complaints against airlines.

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