Biden administration urges Congress to ban airline family-seating fees

Passengers carrying 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.Jeenah Moon | ReutersThe Biden administration is asking Congress to move laws that may ban airways from charging charges for households who’re touring with kids underneath the age of 14 to take a seat collectively, its newest try to crack down on add-on expenses for shoppers, the Transportation Division stated 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 extra 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 accommodations, airways and banks.Earlier this month, Alaska Airways, American Airways and Frontier Airways stated they would come with household seating ensures in customer support plans, violations of which may end in DOT fines. United Airways final month stated it might 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 not get adjoining seats for youngsters of their get together.The Transportation Division is engaged on a rule to ensure household seating however stated as a result of the “rulemaking course of will be prolonged, the President and DOT are calling on Congress to do that instantly.”