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Department of Transportation Seeks to Bar Airlines from Charging Parents to Sit with Their Child

Department of Transportation Seeks to Bar Airlines from Charging Parents to Sit with Their Child

目前, 我们. airlines are not required to place minors next to their parents free of charge.

在周五, 七月 8, the Department of Transportation issued a notice to change that, requesting airlinesto seat young children next to a parentwith no additional cost.

The notice comes after a period of increased complaints against airlines, mostly related to flight cancellations, 但 according to the DOT, there have beencomplaints of instances where young children, including a child as young as 11 月, are not seated next to an accompanying adult.

在声明中, the DOT added, “even one complaint is significant for the impacted travelers.

The notice urges airlines toreview their seating policies” 到 “ensure the ability of a parent or other accompanying adult to sit next to his or her young child,” without extra charge. The DOT says a 2016 law requires the department toreview U.S. airlinesfamily seating policies.

The DOT is giving airlines four months to alter their policies. 十一月 2022, the DOT’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection will review airlinespoliciesto determine whether they enable a child, who is age 13 or under on the date an applicable flight is scheduled to occur, to be seated in a seat adjacent to the seat of an accompanying adult over the age of 13, to the maximum extent practicable and at no additional cost.

The notice suggests thatairlines should have policies that enable its personnel to make immediate adjustments as needed to ensure young children are able to be seated adjacent to an accompanying adult,” except when said seatwould require an upgrade to another cabin or a seat with extra legroom.

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目前, individual airlines have varying seat selection processes, with some allowing seat changes after purchasing tickets, and otherbasic economyfares assigning an unchangeable seat.

Hannah Walden, a spokesperson for Airlines for America, the industry trade group representing major U.S. carriers, responded to the notice with the following statement, “我们. airlines always work to accommodate customers who are traveling together, especially those traveling with children, and will continue to do so. Each carrier has established individual policies aimed at making every effort to ensure families can sit together.