Ever been asked to switch seats on a flight so a family can sit together? Well, don't get up just yet -- new legislation is in the works to keep families together.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York's 8th Congressional District today introduced the Families Flying Together Act of 2012. The act would require the Department of Transportation to have each airline carrier enact policies to allow families to book seats together when possible, and to make the policy available on the airlines' website.
Nadler, who is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, said it is up to air carriers to make seating policies accessible to the public.
"Air travel is complicated and expensive enough for families without adding new stresses," Nadler said. "Families should not be stuck buying 'premium' seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded flights. It is positively absurd to expect a two or three-year-old to sit unattended, next to strangers, on an airplane."