Biden Is Now Targeting Airline Fees

The Biden administration has launched a website to assist vacationers in finding airlines that do not impose additional fees on those who book multiple seats. Some airlines charge for that convenience. A round-trip ticket typically averages about $50 extra for preferred seating.

19FortyFive reports that Democrats in the Senate are working to enact the Families Fly Together Act, which would eliminate trash fees for American families. 

Only American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Alaska Airlines do not charge extra for children 13 and under sitting next to parents or other older family members on domestic flights within the United States. 

United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, and Spirit Airlines are among the seven additional airlines chastised by the administration for not offering complimentary seating. 

The names of those airlines will be marked with a red “X” on the Transportation Department’s website. 

Senator Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Amy Klobuchar proposed the Families Fly Together Act to prevent airlines from charging more to accommodate families traveling together.

In his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden stressed that airlines must not treat children like luggage. American Airlines recently announced that it would no longer charge extra for a child under 14 to sit next to an adult family member on the same reservation. 

United Airlines has introduced an interactive seat map that allows families with children under 12 to select seats together in the airline’s basic economy, economy, and preferred seating classes. 

Delta Airlines began charging more for seats in the economy section for children and infants about ten years ago to compete with low-cost carriers. 

Schumer said it was absurd to charge parents more just to be in the same seating vicinity as their young children.