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Biden says airlines can’t treat kids like ‘piece of baggage’

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On Tuesday, President Joe Biden sharply criticized U.S. airlines, alleging that they were imposing unfair fees to families, and vowed to introduce new consumer protections.

Biden remarked in his State of the Union address, “We’ll prohibit airlines from charging $50 roundtrip for families just to be able to sit together.” Baggage costs are already a problem; airlines shouldn’t treat your child like a piece of luggage.

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The association Airlines for America (A4A), which includes Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and others, said on Tuesday that none of its member airlines charge more for companion seating.

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Biden praised the rules that the Transportation Department is creating to require “airlines to display you the full ticket price upfront and refund your money if your flight is canceled or delayed.” After a string of problems, including a holiday meltdown at Southwest that forced the cancellation of more than 16,000 flights, there are mounting calls in Congress for airlines to strengthen consumer rights.

US lawmakers have proposed broad legislation that would require airline passengers to receive refunds for delayed flights, prohibit further shrinking of plane seat sizes, and give consumers new rights to sue airlines for unfair practices.

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He is an aviation journalist and the founder of Jetline Marvel. Dawal gained a comprehensive understanding of the commercial aviation industry.  He has worked in a range of roles for more than 9 years in the aviation and aerospace industry. He has written more than 1700 articles in the aerospace industry. When he was 19 years old, he received a national award for his general innovations and holds the patent. He completed two postgraduate degrees simultaneously, one in Aerospace and the other in Management. Additionally, he authored nearly six textbooks on aviation and aerospace tailored for students in various educational institutions. jetlinem4(at)gmail.com

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