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House proposes bill requiring airlines to sit families together

Excerpt from The Hill

May 28, 2013 11:11 am

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This is the second year the bill has been introduced with only a 1 percent chance of approval. For now, flyers will have to rely on the decency of fellow passengers to sit with their dependent family members.

— Samantha Shankman

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Four House Democrats have proposed legislation that would require airlines to put policies in place so families can sit next to each other on flights.

The Families Flying Together Act, H.R. 2191, is a response to the growing difficulties families face staying together on flights, as airlines have begun to charge for services such as making a specific seat request.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the sponsor of the bill, said the only recourse families have today is relying on other passengers to switch seats, which he said is an “inconvenience” and “not an efficient business practice.”

Embedded below is the same bill that was introduced in 2012, but never enacted:

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