More and more we hear stories of families forced to split up and sit scattered across a plane on a trip. If you're flying with your teenage son, this might be a relief, but if your 3-year old is seated five rows back the entire plane is affected.
So why does this keep happening? The logical thing to do would be to seat families together to prevent renegade toddlers from disturbing other passengers and to give their moms peace of mind.
However airlines nowadays are much more focused on creating profit than providing you with a comfortable trip. On many airlines, to be seated together can cost an additional $30 each on top of the ticket.
So what are families to do?
ConsumerTraveler.com has some ideas. Their latest article, by Christopher Elliott, US Airways charges family extra to sit together, not only discusses this phenomena but has some tips on how to fight back.
Here's the first step:
• "Get at the airport early. The sooner you’re at the gate, the sooner you can ask an airline agent to address your seating problem. At this stage of your trip, the employees are not as concerned with generating revenues as ensuring everyone has a good flight. If they see you pulling up to the counter with young children, they will do their darnedest to help."
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