New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler wants Congress to pass a bill that will force airlines to seat families together. We're firmly agnostic on the notoriously contentious children-on-airplanes debate, but at a minimum we expect parents to be kind of ruefully apologetic when their children act up. It's part of the bargain: parents signal that they know they're ruining the flight for everyone else, and everyone else kind of shrugs and goes 'well what can you do?'
What's not part of the bargain is forcing airlines to give up premium seats and other revenue streams, which they'll make up for by increasing everyone's ticket prices. Said Nadler: "Families should not be stuck...buying 'premium' seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded flights."
Yes they should be. Of course they should be.
Parents don't get to have airlines subsidize their travel just because they're bringing along children. You want to lock up your self-esteem-soaked crotch dumpling in a steel tube with 150 travelers at 30,000 feet? Whatever. Parents have to travel too. But don't expect the rest of us to pay extra.
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