Davis, Nadler to Advocate for More Family-friendly Policies in Upcoming FAA Reauthorization
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, are working to include language in the upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that would make it easier for families to fly together.
Last year, Davis and Nadler introduced H.R. 3334, the Families Flying Together Act of 2015, which would direct each airline carrier to notify passengers traveling with minors if seats are not available together at the initial booking stage and for each carrier to establish a policy to ensure, to the extent practicable, that a family is seated together during flight.
“As a parent, seeing dads and moms struggle to get a seat next to their young child on a flight is always frustrating,” said Davis. “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.”
“Air travel is complicated and expensive enough for families without adding new stresses,” said Nadler. “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.”
Davis and Nadler are working to include H.R. 3334 in the upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which expires at the end of March and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee plans to mark up this month.