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SITTING WITH CHILDREN IN USA — unexpected amendment favoring families

Much to everyone’s’ surprise including that of lobbyists, an amendment to the FAA re-authorization bill requires airlines to introduce a policy to allow children under age 13 to be seated in a seat adjacent to an accompanying family member over the age of 13 at no additional cost except where it would necessitate an upgrade to another cabin class or to a seat with extra legroom or seat pitch, for which additional fees generally are required. Thus you cannot be in a premium seat and insist your daughter in ordinary coach be placed next to you.

Another amendment is that is that airlines must immediately refund baggage fees if luggage is lost for more than 12 hours, and not only months later when it is confirmed truly lost which used to be the case.

[July 2016]

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