U.S. House Passes Spanberger’s Bipartisan Bill to Ban Airlines from Charging Extra Fees to Seat Families Together

The “Fly Together Act” Would Prohibit Airlines from Tacking on Additional Fees for Parents to Sit with Kids 13 & Under

Congresswoman: “As a Mom of Three Kids, I Understand the Stress that Comes with Air Travel — and Extra Fees Don’t Make Things Any Easier”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s bipartisan bill to make sure children can be seated next to their parents on flights for no extra fees.

Spanberger’s Fly Together Act would direct the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring airlines to seat young children with their family members on flights to the greatest extent practicable — and at no additional cost within the same class of service. Specifically, this rule would direct airlines to seat children under 14 years old next to a family member at no extra charge.

The U.S. House passed Spanberger’s bill as part of the bipartisan Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act — legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“As a mom of three kids, I understand the stress that comes with air travel — and extra fees don’t make things any easier. That’s why I’m proud to lead this bipartisan effort to block airlines from taking advantage of American families at the airport,” said Spanberger. “I want to thank my colleagues in the U.S. House for understanding the importance of providing peace of mind to parents, improving the travel experience for young kids, and stopping some of the senseless nickel-and-diming in the airline industry.”

Additionally, Spanberger’s Fly Together Act explicitly prohibits the imposition of any changes in the seating or boarding policy of an air carrier that has an open or flexible seating policy in place that generally allows adjacent family seating — such as Southwest Airlines.

Spanberger is leading the Fly Together Act alongside U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO-02).


In 2016, Congress passed an earlier FAA reauthorization bill, which included language that required the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to establish a policy — if appropriate — requiring airlines to seat young children with their family members on flights without charging them additional fees. However, families across the country continue to be separated from their children during air travel.


Recent Posts

Jun 21, 2024
Womens' Issues

Ahead of Two-Year Anniversary of Dobbs Decision, Spanberger Helps Lead Bicameral Effort to Repeal Antiquated Law Restricting Abortion

The “Stop Comstock Act” Would Block Future Administrations from Using 150-Year-Old Statute to Ban the Mailing of Mifepristone & Other Drugs Used in Medication Abortions WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today helped introduce bicameral legislation in response to clear intent by extreme politicians and judges to misuse an archaic law from the 1800s […]

Jun 21, 2024
Womens' Issues

Spanberger Statement Marking Two Years Since Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade 

Congresswoman: “On the Second Anniversary of this Dark Day in Our Nation’s History, We Must Recommit Ourselves to Codifying Roe v. Wade and Resisting All Attempts to Turn Back the Clock on Women’s Rights” WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement ahead of Monday, June 24, 2024 — two years […]

Jun 20, 2024

Spanberger, Carey Lead Bipartisan Effort to Waive Passport Fees for Family Visiting Injured Servicemembers Abroad

The “No Passport Fees for Heroes’ Families Act” Would Apply to Family Members Visiting Injured Servicemembers Who Are Not Yet Medically Cleared to Travel Back to the United States WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Mike Carey (R-OH-15) introduced bipartisan legislation to waive passport fees for family members obtaining a passport for […]