Senator halts added fees for "preferred" airline seats

9:12 PM, May 28, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- Air travel just got a little trickier for those flying with a friend or family.  Last week we learned, if you want to sit close to each other, it'll cost you.  But now it seems a senator has our backs.

"That'd be unfortunate," said one traveler.

"I don't think it's fair," explained another.

"This is ridiculous," added one more.

But those reactions aren't ridiculous at all.  In fact, it's fair to say that any traveler would see extra expenses as unfortunate.  As we learned last week, some airlines want to charge up to $59 dollars for preferred seats - and we aren't talking about first class.  It's more like windows, aisles and anything next to the loved ones you're traveling with.

Spirit, Continental, JetBlue and US Airways are already on board.  But over the weekend, New York Senator Chuck Schummer said he isn't.

"Children need access to their parents; parents need access to their children, and airlines fees should serve as a literal barrier between mother and child," he announced to the public.

The democrat is calling on the federal department of transportation to issue rules forcing airlines to let families sit together at no additional change.

For one family at Lambert, it's an idea they hope takes off.

"I wouldn't want my kids sitting next to a stranger," the father said.  "I would feel uncomfortable with that."

"When you're traveling, you want to be with your family," added his 15-year-old daughter.

Now, here's a tip in the meantime: Some travel websites say you can take a gamble and wait to see if a better (free) seat opens up at the last minute.  That might happen on full flights because airlines will want to give everyone a seat on the plane

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