A bill recently added to funding legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration would require airlines to create a law that ensures families can sit together when traveling by air. Children ages 13 and under would be required to be seated next to family members over the age of 13, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
Under the bill, airlines would also be given permission to charge an extra fee if accommodating family members meant placing them in more spacious and expensive seats.
A trade group for the country’s airlines said the law is not necessary, according to the Los Angeles Times report.
Tips to help ensure your family sits together:
– Pay to secure your seats together — we know flying often already costs an arm and a leg, especially for families, but doing this will at least put your mind at ease.
– Consider flying Southwest — while this airline doesn’t have assigned seating, it offers early-bird seating for just $12.50 per ticket, allowing you and your family to pick your seats before other travelers. For other airline policies, see Family-Friendly Airlines.
– Check in exactly 24 hours before your flight, not a minute later — this will help you ensure you get at least two seats together.
– Kindly ask the gate agent or the flight attendant if they can help your family be seated together.
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