Legislation Would Keep Families Together on Commercial Flights

A New York congressman has introduced a piece of legislation that would keep families from being forced to sit apart from each other on commercial airline flights.  “Air travel is complicated and expensive enough for families without adding new stresses,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in a statement announcing the legislation, called “Families Flying Together Act of 2012.”  The statement continued:

As airlines change policies and increase fees for a variety of basic services, it is becoming more difficult for families to sit together on commercial flights.  From airlines charging a fee to make advance seat assignments, to charging a premium for window or aisle seats, to eliminating advanced boarding for parents with small children, the obstacles for families are growing.  There are increasing reports of people being separated from their children when they arrive to board the aircraft.  When this happens, the only recourse is to rely on another passenger to willingly change seats.  This is an inconvenience for everyone involved and not an efficient business practice.  It is also potentially unsafe and traumatic for the families involved.

Image: Family getting on airplane, via Shutterstock.

 

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