Nadler’s bill would crack down on airline ‘family’ fees
“The family that prays together, stays together,” the old adage goes. But what about the family wishing to sit together on an airplane during a cross-country flight? It is often difficult, especially on crowded flights, for members of the same family to find seats near each other.
In a move designed to help families that wish to be seated together on flights, US Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan) introduced legislation on May 23 that would require the US Department of Transportation to direct each airline to establish a policy on family travel and to make the policy accessible to the public on the carrier’s website.
The legislation, called the Families Flying Together Act of 2013, would help to ensure that children are not separated from their families and seated alone on flights, according to Nadler, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“Air travel is stressful enough for families without adding new worries,” Nadler said. “Families should not be stuck paying hidden fees, or buying ‘premium’ seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded flights. It is positively absurd to expect a two or three-year-old to sit unattended, next to strangers, on an airplane. It is up to air carriers to make their seating policies clear and easily accessible to the public,” he said.