Airlines Asking Parents to Pay Extra to Sit With Children

The latest move by some carriers has parents outraged.
3:00 | 09/19/12

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We're going to turn to the latest airline move that has passengers outraged. Some carriers, asking parents to pay more just so they can sit with their kids. It comes as troubles mount for american airlines. And abc's lisa stark has that story from reagan national airport. Good morning, lisa. Reporter: Good morning, george. With all of the packed flights and the fees for premium seats, some parents feel they are being forced to pay extra for those seats just so they can guarantee they can sit with their children. It's another in a long list of airline woes, woes that are especially affecting passengers who are flying american airlines right now. The carrier is in bankruptcy and imposing new work rules and benefit cuts on pilots. And passengers are caught in the crossfire. Pilots with american airlines seem to be so frustrated, they are calling in sick and delaying, even grounding, flights for minor issues. In one case, a broken coffee pot kept the plane at the gate. Pity the poor passengers. The johnsons arrived home in dallas 24 hours after their american flight was canceled. Frustrating. Little kids traveling and having to miss school. Reporter: The pilots union insist there's no slowdown. But something is going on. Tuesday's flights, more than half were late. It's not just a slowdown that has passengers reeling. Travels on nearly all airlines already upset over all those extra fees. Now, many saying airlines are holding parents hostage, changing seat assignments that mom and dad had booked to sit with their children. That may mean families have to pay high fees to ensure they can sit together. And that doesn't sit well with the moms we talked to. That's outrageous. As a parent, you want to make sure that you're taking care of your child. Reporter: Politicians are even getting involved, with one congressman introducing the families flying together act of 2012, which would protect families in flight. You have that expectation that the airline would be such that it would kind ofake an unwritten promise to you that you can sit with your children. Reporter: Now, airlines insist there's no requirement that families pay the extra fees so they can sit together. But sometimes that may mean that families have to depend on the goodwill of other passengers to move seats so they can sit with their children.

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