Biden administration urges Congress to ban airline family-seating charges
Passengers sporting protecting masks are seen aboard earlier than a JetBlue flight to London at JFK Worldwide Airport within the Queens borough of New York Metropolis, August 11, 2021.
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The Biden administration is asking Congress to go laws that may ban airways from charging charges for households who’re touring with kids underneath the age of 14 to sit down collectively, its newest try to crack down on add-on expenses for shoppers, the Transportation Division mentioned Monday.
“Upon evaluate of the airways’ seating insurance policies, DOT stays involved that airways’ insurance policies don’t assure adjoining seats for younger kids touring with a member of the family and that airways don’t assure the adjoining seating at no further value,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wrote in a letter to Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
President Joe Biden has vowed to stamp out so-called “junk charges” throughout industries together with inns, airways and banks.
Earlier this month, Alaska Airways, American Airways and Frontier Airways mentioned they would come with family-seating ensures in customer support plans, violations of which might lead to DOT fines. United Airways final month mentioned it could give households touring with kids entry to seats that usually value further on the time of reserving.
The Biden administration’s draft laws requires refunds to passengers who can’t get adjoining seats for youngsters of their celebration.
The Transportation Division is engaged on a rule to ensure household seating however mentioned as a result of the “rulemaking course of may be prolonged, the President and DOT are calling on Congress to do that instantly.”