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Congress Says Airlines Can’t Charge You Extra To Sit With Your Kids

Frans Persoon

Airlines have always tried to do their part to lighten your load when traveling with a kid — mostly by taking all of your money. They must have pissed off the wrong political parents, because Congress just passed a law that says airlines can no longer charge you extra to sit next to your infrequent flier. Take that sky crooks!

The Washington Post reports that the policy is a part of the more comprehensive Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that also seeks to speed up security screenings and issue refunds for baggage fees when luggage is lost for more than 12 hours. Was it the least they could do? Yes. But still a step in the right direction. Now, your new favorite regulation allows all children under 13 “to be seated in a seat adjacent to the seat of an accompanying family member over the age of 13” and the airlines don’t get to charge you extra for the privilege. Unless the seat assignment requires an upgrade to first class, where children should be neither seen nor given a hot towel.

The regulation is not only a victory for parents and consumers, but for the Family Travel Association, which has been pushing for it for about as long as you’ve been on hold with customer service. If you ever run into anyone involved with the organization, use some of those savings to buy them a beer. Since they’re likely traveling with kids too, they’re going to need it.

[H/T] The Washington Post