Lawmakers aim to raise penalties for US airline disruptions


              FILE - Hundreds of Southwest Airlines checked bags are piled together at baggage claim at Midway International Airport, Dec. 28, 2022, in Chicago. Senators who want to impose tougher penalties when U.S. airlines strand or delay passengers say they finally might be able to turn their ideas into law because of outrage over debacles like the one at Southwest Airlines in December 2022. (AP Photo/Erin Hooley, File)
            
              FILE - Travelers wade through the line to drop off bags at the Southwest Airlines check-in counter at Denver International Airport, Dec. 27, 2022, in Denver. Senators who want to impose tougher penalties when U.S. airlines strand or delay passengers say they finally might be able to turn their ideas into law because of outrage over debacles like the one at Southwest Airlines in December 2022. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)