Airline lobby calls Rep. Nadler’s family seating bill ‘needless’

{mosads}Nadler said as he announced the filing of his bill Thursday morning that it was important for
Congress to instruct the Department of Transportation to prevent
families from being separated because of airline fees for priority seats
like aisles and windows.

“Air travel is complicated and expensive enough for families without
adding new stresses,” Nadler said in a statement.

“Families should not be stuck paying hidden fees, or buying ‘premium’
seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded
flights,” he continued. “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.”

A4A countered said Thursday afternoon “[A]irline seats, much like tickets to sporting events or
concerts are at their greatest availability when purchased early, which
is when most families book travel.

“Airlines have always worked cooperatively with their customers to seat
parties, including those traveling with children, together,” the A4A

The group added that “[T]he great news for consumers and families is
that the airline industry is hugely competitive, and customers have
choices of airlines and different products within airlines.

“As with all other products and industries, it is the market that
can — and should — determine how air travel is priced, not the government,”
the A4A said.

Nadler’s bill has been dubbed the “Families Flying Together Act of

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