Davis working on language to make flying as a family easier

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced on Tuesday that they are working on including language in the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization to make it easier for families to fly together.

“As a parent, seeing dads and moms struggle to get a seat next to their young child on a flight is always frustrating,” Davis said. “This only adds unnecessary stress to families and other travelers. We’re simply asking airlines to accommodate, as best they can, parents flying with young children. Our language would require airlines to provide more seating information at the time of purchase as well as a dedicated policy that guarantees they receive greater consideration when flying.”

The Families Flying Together Act of 2015, H.R. 3334, was introduced last year by Davis and Nadler to direct airlines to notify passengers who are traveling with minors if seats together are not available at the initial booking stage. It also required the establishment of a policy that would ensure, to the extent practicable, that families are seated together during flights.

Davis and Nadler are working to include H.R. 3334 in the FAA reauthorization, which expires at the end of March. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee plans to mark-up the reauthorization this month.

Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) introduced the Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, H.R. 4441, on Wednesday to reauthorize the FAA for six years. Davis and Nadler will work to include H.R. 3334 in that bill, which the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to mark-up this month.
“Air travel is complicated and expensive enough for families without adding new stresses,” Nadler said. “Families should not be stuck paying hidden fees, or buying ‘premium’ seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded flights. 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.”

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