You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.


New flying rules make it tougher for families to sit together

Air travel with small children is stressful enough already — both for families and passengers traveling alone. But new airline practices are making the situation worse. Many airlines have recently begun charging passengers extra for window seats, setting choice seats aside for frequent fliers, and even levying fees for the privilege of reserving seats at all. Those policies can sometimes oblige parents to sit separately from their young children — a problem that will probably grow worse in the crowded summer season.

There are reasons to sympathize with business travelers who pay more for their seats, only to be surrounded by squirmy kids on their way to grandma’s. But hard-and-fast seating rules are unlikely to solve that problem. If families don’t get accommodation in the reservation process, they’ll probably get it on the plane itself, when the reality of very young children sitting alone sets in, and flight attendants start asking other passengers to switch seats.

Your comment is subject to the rules of our Posting Policy

This comment may appear on your public profile. Public Profile FAQ

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of