WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) – Flying with young children can be a challenge, but one proposal being considered in Congress might make things a whole lot less stressful for parents.
An amendment added to an FAA bill this week would require that airlines let parents sit with their kids on flights at no extra cost.
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“Parents shouldn’t have to pay extra to sit with their kids on a flight,” said Sen. Michael Bennet, D – Colorado, who sponsored the amendment. “Separating them is not safe and often leaves them at the mercy of other passengers who must decide whether to trade seats.”
The legislation would also ensure that children won’t be separated from their parents while going through security at the airport.
The proposal is getting some pushback. A trade group representing major airlines tells The Washington Post that carriers are already working to let families sit together without extra fees and no change in the law is needed.